Today will be a day that Fire Chief James Gumbley starts by saying goodbye.
After a 30-year career climbing the ranks in the , starting as an assistant hoseman in February, 1981, and ending as Chief for the last two years, Gumbley said it just felt like it was time to move on.
"It was time for something else," he said.
That something else will be as an employee of the state in domestic preparedness. So don't expect to see Gumbley on the golf course every day this summer.
"I'm not retiring for the leisure life," he said.
Gumbley said he'll miss the job for countless reasons. A big one is the camaraderie felt amongst firefighters. Being a firefighter is a lifestyle, he said, and he loved coming to work every day.
For a complete story, check Cranston Patch tomorrow.