CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Arthur Kluttz is a man of few words, but many, many years of service to his community. The 91-year-old man was honored Tuesday with the Governor's Award for Volunteer Service for his 74 years of commitment to the Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department in Cabarrus County.
Kluttz started his distinguished career with MPFD in 1941, back when fire technology was no where near as advanced as it is today.
"What we had to start with was a 1938 chassis truck, and all we could do was use the pressure from the water system," Kluttz said.
Along with serving the fire department, Kluttz also served for 49 years as a town council member in Mount Pleasant. He's also contributed to numerous organizations in Cabarrus County, roles he still fills today.
Kluttz continues to work full-time at his family business, Miller Lumber.
"I come just about every day, every day that I can," Klutz said.
Kluttz won't gloat about himself. In fact, it was almost hard to get him to talk about himself at all.
"That's just that generation," said Arthur's son, Lee. "They're a humble generation, and he's just humble."
Kluttz turns 92 on Thursday.
The United Way Central Carolinas sent a statement about Arthur.
He is a man of little words, but anyone you ask will agree that he is the pillar that holds up Cabarrus County.