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Last Tuesday evening, at a regular training session for the Russell Fire Department it was announced that after 10 years, Travis Ford is hanging up his hose and is resigning from the department. During his time with the department Travis has helped create a greater awareness about safety for all of the firefighters and officers. His full time career as a Construction Safety Coordinator for the federal government has given Travis the fundamental tools to teach and create a culture of safety within any organization he is involved with, and that was certainly the case with the Fire Department. He stressed to all that safety is something that should be at the forefront of your thoughts before any task, especially when you are dealing with the risks associated with firefighting. For this gift, we all owe Travis a great deal of thanks.
Due to his resignation, Travis will also be missed by hundreds of ladies each spring as he is also one of the original, and longest standing members of the Russell Fire Department’s “Ladies Night” dance troupe. His swagger and smooth moves are now just a sweet memory for all those lucky ladies who were witness to his Patrick Swayze like bumps and grinds, another Russell legend fades into the sunset.
The firefighters and officers of The Russell Fire Department would like to thank Travis for his many years of service, and wish him and his family all the best in the future.
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Published in The Villager newspaper April 12, 2010