Two of the Valley Regional Fire Authority’s finest have retired.
Larry Upton, the VRFA assistant fire marshal who spent 37 years in the fire service, and Kevin Olson, a deputy chief who put in 28 years of service, retired June 30.
“I couldn’t have imagined a better career for myself,” said Upton, who served 31 years at the Auburn Fire Department and VRFA and previously six years with the Bonney Lake Fire Department and King County Fire District 10. “The camaraderie, team work and support I was so blessed to experience in my career and all of the wonderfully talented and giving people I have met and worked with – in the fire department, the community and across the country.”
Upton fulfilled duty as a firefighter, public information and education specialist, fire investigation specialist, deputy fire marshal and finally assistant fire marshal.