Lt. John Melson
Lt. John Melson
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.