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Valdosta Fire Chief retiring

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Chief Rice socializing with some of the people who came out to his retirement party Chief Rice socializing with some of the people who came out to his retirement party
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

After more than 30 years in the fire service industry, Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice is retiring.

The city of Valdosta held a retirement party for the chief today. Fellow firefighters, the Chief of Police and some city officials came out to thank the Chief for his dedication and service to the city.

Rice has been Valdosta's Fire Chief for the past 18 years. He said it's sad to think that this part of his life is ending.

"I'm excited that I reached this point in my career after being a firefighter for 35 years. That part is exciting, but it's sad that I know this chapter of my life is coming to an end, I'll no longer be wearing a uniform every day," said Rice.

Rice also offered some advice for young children who may be thinking about a career as a firefighter.

"You apply yourself in school, you get the very best education you can. Obviously, staying out of trouble, [and] being active in your community," Rice pointed out.

Rice's official last day is December 31st, but he will remain as interim chief until the city appoints a new Fire Chief.

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