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Former Argyle Fire Chief on Safety

‘I have nothing but praise for the people at CoServ’

One CoServ Member’s memories revolve around reliability, customer service and safety.

“I have nothing but praise for the people at CoServ,” said James Price, a former Argyle fire chief and Bartonville Food Store owner. “The way I look at it, they do emergency service much like the fire department — it’s always safety first.”

James serves as president of the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department’s board of directors and recently celebrated his 45th anniversary as a volunteer firefighter.

“Say we had a house fire. I would call to request CoServ to come out, and it didn’t matter to CoServ when or what was needed. They were there,” he said. “To CoServ, safety comes first.”

Bartonville Food Store sat off FM 407 across from Lantana in the same spot where provisions had been available to travelers since the late 1800s. The Price family owned the store from the late 1950s until it closed in 2013.

Linemen, while out on call, would stop by to refuel their trucks and themselves. Often, they were the first inside when James opened the doors at 6:30 a.m. He even recalled delivering lunch to crews repairing lines after bad storms.

James regularly gave his telephone number to emergency service workers so that he could help them whenever they needed it. Late one night instead of a phone call, James awoke to the sound of a honking horn. When he opened the door, he found a CoServ lineman needing gas.

“I did not know the guy, but he was working and needed gas,” he said. “So, I gave him gas.”

With unprecedented growth in Denton and Collin counties, CoServ has kept pace with the changes, James said.

“If someone did not already have service, they would get service quick,” he said. “CoServ, to me, has been real instrumental in being ahead of the curve.”

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