Tony Reaves has a love of music and being a firefighter. Reaves, who was hired as chief for the City of Ward Volunteer Fire Department on Feb. 15, said he thinks music might have held back his career as a firefighter. Reaves was a volunteer firefighter for 30 years. “Taking the first chief position was one of my life’s goals,” Reaves said. “When you’re younger, you make decisions and later you think, ‘Why did I make that decision? That’s not really what I wanted to do.’ “Being fire chief now has really helped me [make up] for the things I did not do back then. I’m getting to do it now. There were regrets of not doing it back then.” Reaves, 47, was working as a volunteer with the Cabot Fire Department, and he said he had a chance to work full time for the department.