City honors retiring Fire Capt. Jake Stafford

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Jake Stafford holds a plaque honoring his years of service at the Aug. 8 Oak Ridge City Council meeting. Joining him, from left, are Dawn Stafford, Oak Ridge Fire Chief Travis Solomon and seated, Oak Ridge City Council members Ellen Smith and Chuck Hope.
Jake Stafford holds a plaque honoring his years of service at the Aug. 8 Oak Ridge City Council meeting. Joining him, from left, are Dawn Stafford, Oak Ridge Fire Chief Travis Solomon and seated, Oak Ridge City Council members Ellen Smith and Chuck Hope.

Oak Ridge Fire Capt.Jake Stafford retired from the Oak Ridge Fire Department on July 21 this year, with 31 years of service.

The Oak Ridge City Council honored him with a resolution at its Aug. 8 meeting. The audience, including several firefighters, applauded.

Stafford, the resolution stated, "mentored many trainees during his thirty-one-year tenure."

His education work extended into the community, as well. He received several “Exceptional Employee” reports for his participation in Fire Prevention Week at the Oak Ridge Schools dating from 1991 through 2002 before his promotion to captain

The resolution also compliments Stafford for his work servicing, repairing and maintaining the records for all the department’s firefighter nozzles and appliances.

Oak Ridge firefighters applaud retiring Capt. Jake Stafford at the Monday, Aug. 8, Oak Ridge City Council meeting.
Oak Ridge firefighters applaud retiring Capt. Jake Stafford at the Monday, Aug. 8, Oak Ridge City Council meeting.

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