Captain Ron Williams, longtime firefighter with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services (CCFES), worked his last shift after 30 years of service to the citizens of Cherokee County.
Captain Williams was recognized at a retirement breakfast at Station 12 this morning where friends and family gathered to honor him. Fire Chief Eddie Robinson presented Captain Williams 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.
Captain Williams joined CCFES in 1994. He’s served the citizens throughout Cherokee County faithfully since then with his last assignment being at Station 17 in the Lake Arrowhead community. This morning Captain Williams was given a ride home in Technical Rescue 12 (TR-12), his last ride in a CCFES apparatus as a career firefighter.
The members of CCFES are grateful for the years of service Captain Williams has given to the department and community. We wish him a long and happy retirement!