After 30 years of service, Paulding County Fire and Rescue Division Chief Wesley Howes has retired.

Starting in 1992, several years before Paulding County organized its full-time fire department, Howes began as a volunteer. Then, in 1996, he was hired as one of the department’s first paid firefighters and “has dedicated his entire career to Paulding County Fire and Rescue ever since,” according to a news release.

Howes has worked in many capacities, including division chief where he supervised all B-shift personnel operating in 13 stations county-wide. For the last 2 years he has served Paulding County as the department’s quartermaster.

“On behalf of PCFD, and the thousands of citizens Wesley Howes has helped over his long career, we say thank you and best wishes for a long and happy retirement,” a news release said.

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