Tim Cavender Retires


Longtime fire department Public Information Officer, Tim Cavender, retires from Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services (CCFES) after nearly 20 years of service.

“I’ve enjoyed my years with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, and I enjoyed working with a great bunch of firefighters. I’m looking forward to retirement. Thanks for all the memories,” said Tim Cavender.

Cavender was recognized at a retirement luncheon today for his years of service to Cherokee County. Fire Chief Eddie Robinson presented him with a speaking trumpet. The speaking trumpet is a symbol of leadership and tradition in the fire service. In the 18th century, American volunteer firefighting companies would use speaking trumpets to amplify their voices over the noise and commotion on a fire scene while directing the firefighters battling the fire. CCFES commonly presents a speaking trumpet to retirees in honor of their service to the department and the citizens of our community.

For nearly two decades, Cavender was responsible for keeping the public informed of the fire department’s work throughout Cherokee County. In addition to his work with CCFES, Tim is known by his alias, Santa. For almost 50 years, Tim has spent each holiday season donning the red suit and white beard to bring joy to children everywhere. In 2014, Cavender was inducted into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame.

Tim and his wife Pam reside in Ball Ground, GA. His last official day of employment with Cherokee County was May 1, 2023.

CCFES wishes Tim a long and happy retirement!

Posted : May 11, 2023

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