Speech to Text for MEDFORD FIRE CHIEF ANNOUNCES HIS COMING RETIREMENT
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23-rd. h retiring announcement-llpkg emma says, "chief fish tells me he's been contemplating this decision for several perfect time for this transition." "you've invited me into your homes and your lives at some of your worst moments when you were hurt and afraid, i don't take that privilege lightly." fighting back tears - chief fish looked back on the past 30 years with medford fire. he's made a lot of memories. some he'll never forget. "i think of boise cascade that burned and we were just overwhelmed." a lot has changed in his time with the department. "we didnt' respond to medical incidents when i first started in the city." he started as a volunteer firefighter and worked his way up through the ranks, taking the chief spot about five years ago. during his time, the department built three new fire stations, improved safety practices and established a cancer prevention program. making the decision to leave was a tough one .. "you make memories everyday." but he knows the department is in a good spot and is ready for a change. he knows whoever fills his shoes will be in good hands. "they're going to be well set when they come here, a lot of the things that fire chiefs come into are poor equipment, personnel problems." but because of years of hard work and city support - that's not the case in medford. "we've got and able to respond so i think it's a good opportunity for me to kinda phase out and let someone else phase in." chief fish says one of the things he's most proud of his the trust he's established with the community. "that privilege, i hold that dear." he's looking forward to spending more time with family and focusing on his health. in medford, emma balkenbush, newswatch 12. chief fish will stay in his