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After 30 years, Sweet Home firefighter Guy Smith calls it quits


December 27, 2017

Fire Chief Dave Barringer, left, presents retiring Battalion Chief Guy Smith with an etched fire ax in commemoration of his 30-year career in the fire service in Sweet Home. Smith worked his final shift on Friday.

Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Battalion Chief Guy Smith worked his last day as a firefighter and medic Friday, Dec. 22.

The department held a farewell reception Thursday to celebrate his 30-year career, all of it here in Sweet Home.

"We have the best job in the world," said Fire Chief Dave Barringer. "We have the opportunity and responsibility to serve people in a time of need and make a difference in handling their problems."

He outlined the sacrifices firefighters and their families make, with interruptions to their lives, sleepless nights, stressful situations, injuries, physi...

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