“I usually work four or five hours a day,” Morris said of her JFPD position. “Some days I put in more time than that depending on the time of the month.”
Morris said her job with the district hasn't changed very much over the years.
“Nothing other than the pay's a lot better than it used to be because we operate on tax money, of course, and we didn't used to get very much tax money,” Morris said.
Stacy Tate, one of the chaplains for the JFPD, said Morris is likely the “most respected person” at the station.
Brian Beaty, a lieutenant with the district, called Morris “our fire department mother.”
“I love working with her,” Beaty said. “Any time you need something, she's always there for you. She's just a wonderful person.”
Morris began working for the district as the office secretary on Nov. 18, 1983.
Her two sons had just left home for college at the time and Morris was dealing with “empty nest syndrome.” As a result, she was looking for something to devote her time to, she said.
“When they offered it to me, I thought I'd give it a try,” Morris said.
Morris said she's glad she decided to take the job and looks back fondly on her time with the district.
She has no plans to retire from the JFPD any time soon.
Morris lives in Mt. Vernon with her husband, Charlie. They have been married 58 years. Their two sons are Lee and Michael, and they also have a grandson, Garrett.