Paula and I want to extend our gratitude for giving us our start in the fire service. Personally, I was never more proud to be called a “North Boy”. I enjoyed riding backwards from Central Station, loved doing equipment checks, and couldn’t wait for Thursdays. We trained hard and always got the job done.
We laughed and joked much too. Bunker gear blowouts, suspender malfunctions, and I believe North Station changed a little bit each time I backed in (architecturally speaking). The wall… the door frame… the stairs... I certainly didn’t get my driving skills from you or Allen. I think I was better on the nozzle.
I feel extremely lucky to have experienced flames rolling over my head, repelling from a three-story building, cutting someone out of a car, and that incredible feeling helping someone in need. I lived a dream.
Your knowledge and guidance has helped shape us personally and professionally and we couldn’t imagine what our life would have been like without it. Your passion for the fire service flows through us in everything we do today.
These are all gifts.
It’s been a pleasure to serve with the Hatfield Fire Department, know you as chief, and become friends. Your life and carreer has touched so many. Thank you for your 47 years of service.
Wishing you a happy retirement!
Paula + Rick Labrecque
Chief William Belden's Last Day