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Taylor Mill Fire Chief to Retire

Taylor Mill Fire Chief Dennis Halpin announced that he will retire this year.

Halpin has served Taylor Mill for thirty-five years and will leave his post on October 15, 2014.

He started as a volunteer firefighter in 1979 and was appointed volunteer chief in 1983. In 1990, the fire department was fully integrated into the City of Taylor Mill and Halpin was named chief of the newly formed Taylor Mill Fire/EMS Department.

"Over the course of his career, Chief Halpin has overseen numerous major equipment purchases/replacements, seen the staffing grow from a volunteer-only core to being fully staffed around the clock by a combination of both paid and volunteer staff members, participated in numerous hours of training, responded to countless emergency calls, and expanded EMS services from Basic Life Support to Advanced Life Support," City Administrator Jill Bailey wrote in an email. "His career achievements have been prolific and his dedication to those who live and serve in the Taylor Mill community (has been) outstanding. He will be greatly missed by all of us."

"It will be hard to replace him," Mayor Dan Bell said at Wednesday night's city commission meeting.

Photo: Chief Dennis Halpin/via City of Taylor Mill