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Nashville District Fire Chief Retires After Nearly 40 Years

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After nearly 40 years on the job Nashville Fire district chief Ricky Taylor will work his last weekend this week.

"I'll be done, as they say," Taylor said.

Taylor started with the Nashville Fire Department on April 16, 1974 and has worked his way up through the ranks over the last four decades.

"It's like no other job on earth," Taylor said as he started his second to last shift with the department Friday night.

He has known since the beginning of the year that his career as a firefighter would end when 2013 started.

"I have mixed emotions. One day I'm, boy I'm excited I'm going to get a good night's sleep for once. Then next day I'm like, I'm sure going to miss these guys," Taylor admitted.

Taylor has responded to countless calls during his time with the department. When you are a firefighter Taylor said people always ask what is his most memorable call.

"And I'll tell them, I can't tell you. And they'll say why and I'll say I haven't retired yet," Taylor said.

But when you ask him that question on January 2nd, barring any monumental events in Nashville, Taylor will be able to tell you what call had the biggest impact on him. The Flood of 2010.

"We did over 2,000 runs in seven days," he said. "I mean for days and days and days it just went on."

Many viewers may miss seeing Taylor on the late news. Since 2002 he has been the fire department's nighttime public information officer, a job he was nervous to accept.

"I was a little reluctant about it because I didn't know exactly what I was getting into," Taylor said.

Now when he is out and public, doing simple things like pumping gas, the district chief is noticed by Nashvillians.

There are many things the chief says he will miss about his job and the time he spent with the Nashville Fire Department.

"The thing I won't miss is watching people suffer. I'll never miss that," said Taylor.

While the job can take a toll, he said he would not trade it for anything.

Taylor's retirement is not the only one in 2013 for his family. His wife decided she would retire, too, on the same weekend as her husband.

email: ccannon@newschannel5.com

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