Founding member of Philadelphia Fire Department decides to leave the station

Founding member of Philadelphia Fire Department decides to leave the station

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Philadelphia Fire Department in Craighead County started in 1976 and about 40 years later, one of the founding members has decided to call it quits.

Danny Turner, the former fire chief, decided to spend more time with his family and left the department at the end of October.

He said there will be one thing he will dearly miss about the department.

"People," Turner said.  "I'll miss the people. I'm gonna come back, but see now I don't have to make the decisions. I can just sit there and drink coffee and eat donuts and socialize more or less. If they need me I can still be here."

Turner said he didn't retire, because retirement includes money.

He simply quit but said there were no hard feelings between him and the station.

To send him off, the station presented him with an axe to show their appreciation for everything he did.

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