If the first three weeks of retirement are any indication, retired Maryville Fire Chief Ed Mitchell is going to like this new phase in his life.
Mitchell said his wife, Kim, was also happy he didn’t have to take his two-way radio with him when he retired. That meant neither of them has to listen to it at night as they try to sleep.
“Not having a radio sitting there picking up all the tones is pretty nice,” Mitchell said. “You don’t hear what’s going out. There’s no callout, and I don’t have to get up and respond for the first time in 30 years.”
During a recent reception held in his honor in the fire hall at the Maryville Municipal Building, Mitchell said he was pleased to see those who came by to say Goodbye.
“Of course it was really humbling,” he said. “There were so many people who took time out to come by. I saw so many people who mean so much to me and to know they felt enough and cared enough to come by was very humbling.”
The chief said that those involved in public safety don’t do it for attention. “You don’t go into this because of what you want to receive, you do it because you care so much about your community,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t know how much it means to those who work with you and those in the community.”
That affirmation was special as people came by and talked to him during the reception, said the chief.
“It was real sweet. I want to say how much the community has supported me and the Maryville Fire Department over the years and how much that means to us. I could not have asked for any more support than what this community has given to me and my family.”
The now retired chief said he will always be indebted to the community. “In some ways I wish there was more I could do to give back to this community that has bless me so richly over the years.”