Firefighter retires after 25 years of service
The Stanstead Fire Department held its annual BBQ, last Sunday, at the park in Beebe.
Almost 70 firefighters and their families enjoyed the sunny weather with a soccer game, races, and a bouncy house for the kids. “We also took the time to say goodbye to one of our own, Mr. Rick Fabio, who retired last month after more than 25 years on the force,” commented the Stanstead Fire Chief, Chris Goodsell.
“Rick was a topnotch firefighter. His best trait in my eyes was his ability to stay calm no matter what the situation. Be it a false alarm, or a massive fire (he’s seen a lot of both), he was consistent in how he handled his tasks. As an officer, you never had to worry about where he was or what he was doing. You could be sure whatever he was doing, he was doing it the right way,” continued Mr. Goodsell.
As a token of appreciation, the fire department gave Mr. Fabio an engraved clock and retired his helmet, signed by all the firefighters.
Rick Fabio receiving his helmet as a long-time friend and fellow firefighter, Jack Edmond, looks on, with future firefighters sitting at the picnic table.