Yesterday was the final work day for the Washington Fire Department's Chief Daniel Fowler. After 37 years of loyal and dedicated service to protecting the citizens of our city and county area, and the past 18 years as Chief, he decided to retire.
On Wednesday afternoon, the City of Washington employees held a farewell party for Dan at the firehouse. At 5:30pm, the public was invited to visit the station to say their "goodbyes" to the Chief. A cake was available at both events.
Chief David McCarty of the Jeffersonville Fire Department came to bid Dan farewell as David and Dan are very close friends, and since David came in his dress uniform (shown on right), they wanted their picture taken together in front of the newest addition to WFD fleet, the tower truck.
John and I presented Dan with a "stepping stone" fire insignia about 10 inches in diameter, which can be used in a garden or kept with other fire memorabilia in his home. The message attached said, "We hope your retirement is a stepping stone to greater things." I'm sure Dan will find something interesting to do in his retirement days. During the 4th of July celebrations in Washington Court House, I'm sure he will still be busy planning and preparing the fireworks display, since he is retaining his Chief Pyrotechnic state license.
Wednesday evening was the usual City Council meeting and Chief Fowler was presented with a Commendation and Plaque by City Council Chairman Dale Lynch (shown on right), commending him for his faithful 37 years of service to the City.
Since a new Chief has not yet been selected, Assistant Chief Tom Youtz will be Acting Chief in the interim. Tom will be managing the department as well as doing his Assistant Chief's duties. I wish him well in the difficult "dual-hat" duties and responsibilities, but I know he will fill the shoes with honor.
I have worked with and admired Dan for many years and wish him all the best in his retirement. Whether he chooses to become a teacher or fire instructor somewhere, I'm sure his many years of experience will serve him well in whatever step he takes next. We will miss you Danny!