Pelham Fire Chief Danny Ray retiring

By Briana Harris – www.shelbycountyreporter.com

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PELHAM – After more than 38 years of serving his community, Fire Chief Danny Ray will retire from the Pelham Fire Department on May 1, with his last day on the job being April 28.

For the past eight years, Ray, 57, has been in charge of a department that consists of nearly 80 people, five fire stations, four first-line engines, three reserve engines, a 75-foot ladder truck, eight staff vehicles and an array of HazMat, scuba, surface water, and technical rescue equipment.

Ray, who was appointed fire chief by former Mayor Don Murphy, has known since he was a little boy that being a fire fighter would be how he would help and give back to his community.
Being the son of the man who helped start Pelham’s volunteer fire department in the 1960s and later became fire chief, being a firefighter was ingrained in Ray at an early age.

“My friends and I stayed hanging out around the station trying to see what we could get in to,” Ray said.

In the ‘70s, the department didn’t have 24-hour dispatch services so at night the calls were transferred to Ray’s house.

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