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Reception announced to honor retiring Fire Chief Gary Russell

Fire Chief Gary Russell poses with WCFD7 commissioners after receiving a plaque honoring his retirement (June 8, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale (l-r Mike Murphy, Gary Russell, Gerald Metzger, Al Saab)

An open house will be held at Firehouse #41 at 2020 Washington Street Friday, June 30th from 1pm to 3pm to honor Chief Gary Russell on the eve of his retirement.

Russell joined WCFD7 as a volunteer in 1973. He then became Assistant Fire Chief in 1983 and later became Fire Chief in 1986.

Russell has served with Whatcom Fire District 7 for 44 years. Earlier this year, he announced he will begin retirement July 1st.

The public is invited to attend. There will be an open house format with a ceremony at 2pm according district officials.

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Since January, Russell has been transitioning his responsibilities to Assistant Fire Chief Larry Hoffman. Hoffman will assume the title of Fire Chief in July.

retirement plaque from wcfd7 commissioners to retiring chief gary russell 2017-06-08
Retirement plaque presented to Chief Gary Russell by WCFD7 Fire Commissioners (June 8, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale


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