94-year-old who has been fire chief since 1953 is retiring

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A fire chief in a western Pennsylvania city is announcing his retirement just ahead of his 95th birthday after serving more than six decades in the job.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Greensburg fire department will now search for another leader for the first time since 1953 after J. c – affectionately known as “Hutch” – decided not to run for a 22nd term.

Hutchinson says 63 years is “a long friggin’ time” and he now must pass the torch on to someone new. He’s believed to be the longest-serving active chief in the state – and possibly the country.

There has been only one interruption in his service to the department: a four-year hiatus when he served during World War II.

Hutchinson says he wants to get on a horse and ride off into the sunset like John Wayne.

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