The town of Wolfforth is prepared to handle any emergency without calling in some help from Lubbock. It has its own fire department, EMS, and medical clinic. So on paper, Wolfforth appears to be staffed like any city. But in person, there's one person who makes this town very different from the rest.
At the bottom of the Wolfforth water tower, you'll find the fire station, where about 2 dozen volunteer firefighters keep their trucks ready and waiting for any emergency… along with the town ambulance.
We found Brandon Turnbow, a paramedic, in the back of that ambulance getting everything ready for the next call. He's the one who told us about one man in Wolfforth who is especially busy.
"He's the fire chief. He's the EMS director."
Brandon is apparently a big fan of his boss, Charles Addington. So, we thought we'd like to meet him. But we couldn't find him anywhere at the fire station. So, we looked for Mr. Addington at Wolfforth City Hall. Why there? Brandon explained,
"He's the mayor too. He was a city councilman before he became the mayor."
But apparently, we just missed him at city hall. We were told he had just lef the mayor's office. So, we went to the Wolfforth Medical Clinic. Finally, that is where we found Dr. Addington. But he was busy seeing patients.
"Yeah, he's the doctor too. He's a buffalo rancher, father, and husband. I mean he's all kinds of things," Brandon was still going on and on about his boss.
"He's always doing something, except sleeping. I sure don't know when he does that!"
When Dr. Addington got a break at the clinic, we told him what Brandon said about him. Of course, he gave us the healthy response. After all, he is a doctor.
"Now, don't spread that rumor that I don't sleep. My sleep is sometimes fragmented. But I sleep. I just have very long days."
Dr Addington started this clinic in Wolfforth 15 years ago. Oh, and by the way, just before he stopped to check his mail at city hall, he had driven here from Dumas, north of Amarillo, where he checks in every week to supervise the EMS up there.
"I went up there to see if they needed help covering the ER shift," he explained.
So, for Dr. Charles Addington different hats mean changing clothes, if there's time. And sometimes, it means explaining to your patients why you smell like a house fire.
He recalled this story: "We went to a structure, put it out, I came back smelling like smoke, went into a room and looked at the patient and said, 'well I'm sorry you had to wait so long. She said - 'well, where you been?" "Well ma'am, I've actually been at your house putting it out." she immediately left the clinic and it was over. But that's the honest truth. She was here waiting on me and I was putting out her house."
Note: the night this aired during our community coverage in Wolfforth, Dr. Addington barely made it to the Preston Manor Recreation Center for his welcome speech as mayor. He had just driven to town from College Station where he had been teaching a fire school at A&M.
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