Recognizing Your Firefighters on Retirement

Issue 08 and Volume 173.

By Billy W. Scearce Jr. Those who enter the fire service have decided to dedicate themselves to serving and sacrificing much, if not all, for others. Most of us have no idea how much the fire service requires of us when we first decide to serve. If you work long enough to draw full retirement, then you have given the department, municipality, community, and fire service one-third of your professional life. Depending on your department, these many years of service will take their toll on you mentally and physically. You will be exposed to things you will never forget and things that will haunt you the rest of your life. You will also be exposed to many toxic chemicals that may have an adverse effect on your health and well-being. RELATED Retirement from the Fire Service: Five Needs for Success Firefighter Retirement: Dreams Do Come True, But Not in All…

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