"He hasn't done it for years," said his wife, Amy, a smile in her voice.
On Feb. 3, 2011, Carman had a double lung transplant and it has been a year of milestones since. On June 3, the longtime volunteer firefighter went on his first post-surgery fire call, driving the truck and directing traffic. On Aug. 29, after a five-year absence, he returned to work at Morrison & Sylvester in Auburn. All that time and the company had held his job.
"It felt awesome to be back," he said.
Carman, 45, was born with cystic fibrosis that slowly attacked his lungs and made it harder and harder to breathe. In 2004, community members and fellow firefighters started New Lungs for George to help his family raise funds for the heavy out-of-pocket costs of a transplant. He spent five months on an organ transplant waiting list after waiting five years to get on it.