Asheboro Fire Chief Roy Wright is changing hats in his work for the city.
At the April 5, meeting of the Asheboro City Council, Wright received his helmet in commemoration of 22 years of service to the city’s fire department — the last five as chief.
He’s “retiring” as chief and moving to a position as an electrician in Facilities Services.
In remarks at the council meeting, City Manager John Ogburn said Wright is a cancer survivor — and a kidney cancer survivor who was born with just one kidney. “As you can imagine,” Ogburn said, “the wear-and-tear of 24/7, 365 (days a year) with what he’s been through is a lot.”
Wright received a standing ovation from those at the meeting, including more than 20 city firefighters.