Plant City fire rescue chief bids farewell
PLANT CITY - Fire Rescue Chief George Shiley, who oversaw the city's expansion into advanced life support service, retired Friday after a long career in public safety. Shiley, 62, retired after 13 years as head of the city's fire and ambulance services. He said he felt his career was complete and he was ready to take life easier. "It's been a good run. I've truly enjoyed it," Shiley said at a retirement reception at the fire rescue station where he maintained his office. Shiley and his wife, Joan, are moving to Raleigh, N.C., to be near their two adult children and three grandchildren.Shiley began his career in 1975 as a firefighter in Johnstown, Pa., where he rose through the ranks to be chief by the time he retired in 1999. He started the same year as chief of Plant City's fire department, later renamed fire rescue. During his tenure, in 2007, the city started its advanced life support ambulance service for serious medical emergencies. Previously, Hillsborough County provided the service. "We're going to miss you. We love you," Mayor Mike Sparkman said at Friday's reception. "We appreciate all the hard work you've done." City Manager Greg Horwedel named Training Chief David Burnette as interim chief of the 40-member department.
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