Chelan County Fire District 1 lost 123 years worth of experience last month after four career firefighters hung up their helmets for good.
Retired from the fire district are Deputy Chief Glen Widener, Capt. Tyke Gaskell, engineer Dan Bass and firefighter Glenn Smith. The four began their careers with the Wenatchee Fire Department before it was annexed into the fire district.
"They're all either formal or informal leaders or both within the organization," said Chief Mike Burnett.
Widener spent 37 years fighting fires in the Wenatchee Valley. Training Capt. Al Torres fittingly admired Widener's ability to teach training classes.