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Wendell Fire Chief Retires After 57 Years


WENDELL, Mass (WGGB) — A remarkable 57 year career will come to an end next Friday in the Franklin County town of Wendell. 

At the age of 77, Everett Ricketts will retire as fire chief. He joined the fire department in 1957 when it was truly volunteer.  

He’s been chief for the last 38 years in the small town of a thousand people.

Chief Ricketts plans to travel more in retirement.

And as far as leaving the department he’s been a part of for so long, Ricketts says, “I think I will miss it in a way but not in a way if there’s a fire going on, course I wouldn’t know it anyway. I wouldn’t even go, I’m not a fire chaser. I never get excited anyway. If there’s a fire or a medical, my heart doesn’t go any faster. You expect a fire. If you get a fire call that’s what you expect.”

Chief Ricketts says the biggest change over the years has been the technology. He says it’s not a simple as it was 57 years ago when “you put the wet stuff on the red stuff”.

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