Alabama’s longest serving firefighter is hanging up his hat. After 55 years as a firefighter Chief, Dewey King said his head and his heart are finally in agreement that it’s time to retire.
“I’ve always said when my body and my mind are in agreement that it’s time, that’s when I’ll go,” he said. “Well, they’re in agreement.”
According to our news partners at The Times Daily, King leaves the chief’s post after 22 years. He’s been a firefighter, driver, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and chief.
King’s last day is Sept. 24.
“I’ve about done it all and never wanted to be anywhere but Sheffield,” he said. “I don’t know if you’d call me dedicated, crazy or a little of both, but I can honestly say I have always, always loved my job.”
At 80 years old, he said he has no doubt he could continue on, but sometimes logic must prevail.
“About three months ago I started looking at the retirement I’d draw from the state,” he said. “Turns out, I’m losing money by working.”
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A team of 13 first-responders from the Opelika Fire Department, Auburn Fire Department and Lee County Emergency Management Agency departed Thursday morning to provide help in hurricane-ravaged Baldwin County.
“We are honored to be able to send a team to assist our neighbors in Baldwin County. Baldwin County EMA assisted our agency during the aftermath of the March 3, 2019, tornadoes and we are getting an opportunity to do the same for them," local EMA director Rita Smith said Thursday.
Additionally, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told the Opelika-Auburn News that deputies were dispatched to Baldwin County to render aid.
"We are sending 12 deputies down to the Baldwin County area to assist with area security and traffic control. Our personnel will be on location for several days as needed under our Law Enforcement mutual aid agreement," Jones said.
On September 16, members of the Madison County commission spent time recognizing the heroic actions of the Toney Volunteer Fire Department.
Earlier this year the Toney Volunteer Fire Department saved a man’s life. Now, the county commission is trying to bring more attention to the need for volunteer firefighters.
On Wednesday, county commissioners passed a resolution honoring the Toney Volunteer Fire Department for saving Jimmy Gonzalez’s life. Gonzalez and his family attended today’s ceremony.
Everyone in attendance at the meeting gave a standing ovation to the Toney department in agreement that the small group has made a huge impact.
“They got there, the family member was giving CPR to Mr. Gonzalez and the other four medics from the Toney Volunteer Fire Department continued the CPR and were successful in bringing him back,” said Phil Vandiver.
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"The probable cause of the fire aboard the Dixie Delight and subsequent fire at Dock B was a fire of unknown source, originating aboard the Dixie Delight in the vicinity of the vessel’s electrical panel. Contributing to the severity of the fire and loss of life w ere the County and marina’s limited fire safety practices." This is the conclusion of the NTSB after their investigation of a fatal fire at the Jackson County Park Marina, Dock B. Just after midnight on January 27, a fire broke out on the houseboat Dixie Delight. Despite efforts by the owner and a neighbor to put out the fire, which likely started in the bulkhead between the vessel’s electrical panel and storage closet, the fire spread to neighboring boats and the dock. Police were on the scene within 10 minutes of the start of the fire with the fire department just behind them. When the sheriff's office arrived, they attempted to find a boat to use for rescue but were unsuccessful.
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