As he approaches his retirement, Adrian fire Capt. Jim Dailey said he’s proud to have served his hometown for nearly 27 years.
“I will miss a lot of things, especially the people, but probably most of all, I will miss being able to provide an important service to this community,” said Dailey, who retires this month.
After graduating from Adrian High School in 1975, Dailey began his career thinking he would be working with such things as plants, trees and landscaping after he earned a horticulture degree from Michigan State University.
However, his career path took a shift after he befriended some firefighters while attending church in Clinton, where he lived more than 30 years ago. He joined the Clinton department as a paid-on-call volunteer firefighter and from there his interest in the profession only grew. He threw himself into the role and took on as much training as he could do.
“As with most things I do, I don’t go half in,” he said.
He was with the Clinton department for five years.