Friday, August 01, 2014

Reception to honor retiring fire official

By The Herald Staff | 6/11/2014

A 33-year veteran of the Ottawa Fire Department is set Friday to spend his last day at the fire station in an official capacity.

The public is invited to wish Richard Oglesby well in his retirement during a reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Ottawa Fire Department Station No. 1, 720 W. Second St., Ottawa.

A 33-year veteran of the Ottawa Fire Department is set Friday to spend his last day at the fire station in an official capacity.

The public is invited to wish Richard Oglesby well in his retirement during a reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Ottawa Fire Department Station No. 1, 720 W. Second St., Ottawa.

Oglesby, who has been assistant fire chief since 1999, came to work for the city as a public safety officer in October 1981. Linda Reed, Ottawa mayor, presented Oglesby with a plaque during the city commission’s June 4 meeting to recognize his years of service to the community.

Jeff Carner, Ottawa fire chief who has worked with Oglesby for more than 30 years, commended his longtime coworker and friend for his dedication, his commitment and his constant demonstration of professionalism.

“We have filled the position of assistant fire chief, but we will not fill the position vacated by Richard Oglesby,” Carner said at the city commission meeting. “He has dedicated a large part of his life to this position and has made many personal sacrifices in service to others.”

Tim Matthias, Pomona, is succeeding Oglesby as assistant fire chief.

For a look at Oglesby’s long career with the fire department and his plans for the future, see The Herald’s Weekender edition.

“I know that it’s not easy to leave something that you have spent most of your life at, but I know a new chapter must be started for myself and for the department,” Oglesby told city commissioners and the audience June 4. “My prayer is that I leave it a better place than when I started.”

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