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Cairo fire chief putting away gear for good

CAIRO, GA (WALB) -

Cairo's top fireman will soon hang up his hat for good. Chief Jim Fielding says he's enjoyed serving the community as a fire chief since 1985, but it's time to pass the torch. On March 7th, he plans to hand the reigns to Captain Bill Schafer.

"Everybody knows when it's time to turn your business or department over to a younger person and I've got some really great people here, I've mentored them for four years, and I've prepared them for their next promotion, and I've watched some of them go through their promotions and now it's time for me to move on," said Fielding.

Fielding says the Cairo community is like family to him. It will be hard to retire, but he's looking forward to enjoying his grandchildren, and doing some touring on his motorcycle.

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