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Safety Chief Celebrates Retirement


After 28 years of dedicated service, Safety Chief Lester Kring bids farewell to Dallas Bay Fire & Rescue as he begins his well-deserved retirement. Chief Kring's volunteer career is one of great leadership and dedication to the community.


Chief Kring's career in the fire service began in 1996 when he joined Dallas Bay becoming a certified firefighter, igniting a passion for service that would define his career for nearly three decades. Throughout his tenure, Chief Kring ascended through the ranks, improving the agency at every level.


From the early days as a firefighter to his roles as Lieutenant and Captain, Chief Kring's leadership qualities shone brightly, earning him the respect of Dallas Bay personnel and of the entire first responder community. Several years ago, he was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief - Safety, where his unwavering commitment to the well-being of his team and the community has been an asset.


Notably, Chief Kring's contributions extended beyond firefighting, as he dedicated a significant portion of his career to serving as an Emergency Medical Responder. For many years, Chief Kring was the face of the department on almost all overnight medical responses.


While Chief Kring has been retired for several years from his paid career with Norfolk Southern Railway, he has continued working every weekday responding on calls and assisting in the department offices along with his duties as Safety Officer. He spent years working night shifts providing EMS coverage for our district.


Chief Kring's retirement from Dallas Bay represents not just the culmination of a distinguished career but also the beginning of a new chapter filled with well-deserved relaxation. While his presence will be missed, his influence will undoubtedly endure.


Please join us in extending our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes to Chief Kring as he embarks on this new chapter in life.

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