[Nameplate] Fair ~ 81°F  
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Gary Hill retires from fire department

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Manila Fireman Gary Hill was honored Thursday night with a retirement celebration and dinner at the firehouse. Members of the Fire Department and retired firefighters, along with family members, gathered to show their gratitude to Gary for his 17 years of service on the Manila Fire Department.

(Photo)
Retiring firefighter Gary Hill pictured with his grandchildren, Caden, Emma, Riley and Luke, and Fire Chief Keith Bennett.
(Town Crier photos/Revis Blaylock)
Gary is a Manila native. He joined the fire department on July 13, 1993. He has been an EMT for 25 years.

Hill said working on the ambulance service and being an EMT goes hand in hand with the fire department.

He is retiring due to health problems.

(Photo)
Gary Hill receives plaque from Manila Fire Chief Keith Bennett.
"I wish I could stay on the fire department longer but I have enjoyed the years I have served," Gary said.

Even though he is retiring as a firefighter, he has plans to work with the department any way he can. He is certified to teach some classes and has plans to continue working in training with the First Responders.

"I have worked with some really good guys in the Manila Fire Department," Gary said.

Hill said he may have had a part in Fire Chief Keith Bennett being an EMT and serving on the fire department today.

(Photo)
Retired firemen, firemen and family members joined in honoring Gary Hill at his retirement dinner. Pictured are Carroll and June Towell, Monte Middleton, Allen McCullough and William Barnhart.
"When he was younger he would be visiting at our home and when I got an emergency call, he would go with me," Gary said.

Hill said he is happy to see the new fire station and is looking forward to the arrival of the new truck.

"I appreciate Mayor Clifford Veach and the council for approving a new fire truck," Gary said.

Hill and his wife, Angie, have three grown daughters and six grandchildren. Their daughters are Tonya Boyd, Barbie Whitehead and Holly Kirk.

Angie said she plans on retiring the scanner, also.

Chief Bennett presented Gary with a plaque in appreciation of his years of dedicated service to the Manila Fire Department.

"The Manila Fire Department appreciates the invaluable service Gary has given, "Chief Bennett said. "He will be greatly missed on the department. I have known him for a long time. He is a great fireman and a great brother to all of us. We are proud to have had him as a member of the Manila Fire Department. We wish him the best in his retirement."

A steak dinner was served to the firemen and the guests.


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thetown-crier.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Gary,I am so proud to see you get that award

and I am proud to say that your and Angie

are my friends. Good luck with your health

problems and stay well ok.

BettyParsleyByrd

-- Posted by BettyParsleybyrd1949 on Sat, Aug 7, 2010, at 12:07 AM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration. If you already have an account on this site, enter your username and password below. Otherwise, click here to register.

Username:

Password:  (Forgot your password?)

Your comments:
Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic.