Chief Presley retires from Skyland Fire Department amid controversy over families in fire service

  • Source: Asheville Mountain Express
  • Published: 08/10/2017 01:33 PM

Firefighters talk a lot about the bonds they share with their co-workers, and it’s not unusual to hear those relationships described as being “like family.” In many cases, they actually are family: At the Skyland department alone, 18 employees are related to at least one other employee, according to Deputy Chief Ryan Cole. “We’ve got two husbands and wives. I think two fathers, sons. We’ve got two brothers, I think. We’ve got several cousins.” He estimates that another 25 are related to people serving at other departments.


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