Stephen Nathan’s wife persuaded him to retire at age 62, telling him it was too much — and too risky — for him to continue driving 60 miles each way to and from his job in upstate New York.
But ever since Mr. Nathan retired from his position as director of human resources at Hobart and William Smith Colleges nine years ago, he has remained hugely busy. Every Monday evening Mr. Nathan, who became a volunteer firefighter after retiring, reports to his local firehouse for drills and then sleeps there as part of a weekly rotation. The firehouse is in his hometown, Fayetteville, N.Y., a suburb of Syracuse.
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