After 29 years, the fire chief at Utica Volunteer Fire Department is switching roles.
Dan Matthews was recognized Saturday for serving nearly three decades as fire chief.
Matthews will now be stepping into the role of assistant fire chief and public information officer for the station.
“Meeting the people and helping them. Course I’ll still be doing that but on a more limited basis than I am now. But I’ve enjoyed, always have enjoyed helping people and that was the reason that I got on the fire department to be able to help people when they needed help,” said Matthews.
Matthews says he was inspired by family members at a young age to be a firefighter.
He tells us the day he turned 18 he made that come true and has been working as a firefighter ever since.
(This story was originally published on Jan. 20, 2018)