Lt. John Melson of the Noblesville Fire Department stepped off the truck for the final time On March 2, after 36 years of service.
"To all that wear the badge, I wish you a safe career. I am honored to have been one of you," Melson said in a farewell statement.
Fire Chief, Greg Wyant, said "Retirements such as John's provide a mix of emotions. On one hand, it is great to see him reach this goal, on the other, albeit selfish, we hate to lose such a talented and experienced man. John's presence at NFD will be missed."
Capt. Todd Estes, Public Information Officer, asked Lt. Melson what was next on the agenda. John replied with a laugh and stated "All I know is my bags are packed and the wife said our flight leaves tonight between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. tonight, I have no idea where she's taking me."
The men and women of the Noblesville Fire Department wish John a well-deserved happy retirement.