Charles Sharpe has hung around firehouses from the time he was 2, and he got his first taste of what firefighters do as a grade-schooler.
"I remember responding with my father to a barn fire, moving the animals out of the barn, moving the equipment out of the barn. There wasn't enough water to extinguish the barn fire, so it was a matter of moving the animals out," he said, recalling a ferocious blaze in the Lisbon community where his father was a volunteer firefighter.
He signed on as a volunteer with the Lisbon fire company while in high school, and he decided a few years later to make a career of fire and rescue work.
On Wednesday, Sharpe, 56, retired...