Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department Engineer Kenneth Richmond and Firefighter Wayne Reed worked their final shift together on Friday, July 7, at Station 5 on Florence Road. Their years of service total seventy-one (71).
Engineer Richmond came on the job in 1985 and sites the reason he has enjoyed his career is helping people as well as the firefighter shift schedule allowing him time with his family and friends. Richmond sites that his most memorable call was a structure fire on Van Cleave Lane where the temperatures outside were below freezing and everything had a coating of ice, including the buckles on the firefighters bunker coats which also caused helmet chin straps to freeze to their faces.
He plans on spending his retirement time on his four-wheelers and kayaks!
Firefighter Wayne Reed has spent nearly his entire career on C-Shift, where job security brought him to his 39-year calling. Reed also moonlights at Hooper Supply Company, located in the heart of the city near Cannonsburgh Village. Firefighter Reed states that "The biggest change I have seen in my career is the medical response growth! "MFRD began responding to medical calls as First Responders in 2003 and announced on the two's last day of work that it had launched to paramedic response.
MFRD's Chief Foulks wishes them a long and prosperous retirement with great health for them and their families. He states, "We are so thankful for their faithful service to the citizens of Murfreesboro!"