Firefighters With A Combined 140 Years Of Experience Honored At Retirement Ceremony
On Saturday, March 7 more than 100 firefighters, family and community members gathered together to honor five dedicated Central County Fire & Rescue firefighters as they celebrated their retirement.
The retirees were:
• Captain Bob Black, 35-years of service
• Engineer Terry Black, 33-years of service
• Engineer Ron Meier, 23-years of service
• Assistant Chief Dan Rigdon, 19-years of service
• Battalion Chief Mark Runge, 30-years of service
During their service, this group of dedicated fire service professionals witnessed countless changes in the fire service and helped to guide the District as it grew to serve more than 90,000 residents.
“When they started, emergency response looked very different with several of them beginning their careers as volunteers. Through the years their role grew to full-time emergency response leaders, who were ready to handle the demands of an expanding urban environment,” explains CCFR Chief Russ Mason.
“They are also responsible for helping grow CCFR into a leading fire district by developing innovative training opportunities, creating community involvement programs like the Citizen Fire Academy and building Central County’s Community Outreach program. They will be greatly missed” says Mason.
The District is currently working to fill the positions left open by these retirements.