Manhattan Fire Chief Announces Retirement

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- After decades spent serving and protecting the community, Manhattan Fire Chief Jerry Snyder has announced that he is retiring.

Snyder just celebrated 36 years with the department. He started with MFD on Jan. 3, 1977 and worked his way up the ranks, becoming chief in September of 2005. His retirement will be effective February 28, 2013.

The chief issued the following statement to WIBW: "Throughout my years of service the Manhattan Fire Department has been blessed with outstanding support from our citizens, city manager’s office and elected officials. I appreciate City Manager Fehr giving me the opportunity to lead the department and for all of his support towards accomplishing our mission."

"It has truly been an honor and privilege to work for the Manhattan Fire Department and to be able to serve the citizens and visitors of Manhattan. I look forward to being able to continue to serve them in other ways now," he added.

A reception for Snyder will be held March 1, 2013 at the Manhattan Fire Department's headquarters on Denison Avenue.