Boatman honored on retirement

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Caraway firemen paid tribute to retiring fire chief John Boatman by hosting a luncheon in his honor Sunday, Dec. 8.

Caraway fire station Barry Riley presented Boatman with a framed fireman shadowbox, which displayed miniature replicas of firefighting equipment and personal photos.

Boatman, served 14 years as fire chief. Both men have devoted themselves to fighting fires and went on to retire from the force. John has completed 20 John Boatman was born and raised at Caraway, and went on to graduate from high school there. He has worked with his father in the family business, Boatman's Body Shop, and is now employed by the Arkansas Highway Department, in Black Oak.

John and his wife Lynda make their home in the Caraway community. John is a newly elected city councilman, is a member of Masonic Lodge, and helps on the local ambulance service. Under his leadership as chief, the city has purchased a new fire truck and rescue #2 vehicle.

John has two children, Samantha, 13, and Johnathon, 8. Like his father before him, John likes old cars and trucks as well as modern four-wheelers.

He has constructed a 4-wheeler track and hill at his home to make riding the ATV's more challenging.

Barry Riley will succeed his friend as incoming fire chief, and will be Jimmy Dale Rodgers will be the next Caraway fireman planning to retire, with the completion of 20 years of service in July of 2003.

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