Troy Fire Chief Ray Rhodes will soon say farewell to his department.
His retirement comes after 21-years of service.
Chief Rhodes will be retiring at the end of January.
He has worked for Troy’s Fire Department for nearly 40 years and more than 20 of those years as fire chief.
"I'm looking forward to it. I really am. Everybody asked me what I got planned. I don't have anything planned, just going to let Mother Nature take her course. I hear about the 'honey to do list' and I already know about that," says Chief Rhodes.
When Chief Rhodes first began his career, Troy had only one station.
Over the 21 years as Chief Rhodes says, he's loved watching it grow. "Fire chief, he's only one person. The department employees, firefighters, that's what makes up the department. We've had great personnel all this time and they're good people out there," he says.
Prior to firefighting, Rhodes worked in construction. "I took the job intending to work a few months until the construction work started back. But that was 38 years ago. I've never looked back and I've enjoyed every minute of it," he says.
Thomas Outlaw will be the one to take over the position as the new chief.
Outlaw has worked with Chief Rhodes since last August.
Chief Rhodes last day will be January 31st.
He says he is looking forward to spending more time with family, especially with his 10-year-old grandson.