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Temple Fire Chief announces his retirement

TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) -

The Temple Fire & Rescue Department Chief has announced that he will retire on October 17.

60-year-old Chief Lonzo Wallace has led the department for 13 years and is also the City of Temple Emergency Management Coordinator.

Chief Wallace informed the department in early August that he intended to retire. He came to Temple in August 2000 after serving with the Fort Worth Fire Department for over 26 years. He has served in the fire service for over 40 years.

"It's been a privilege to serve the citizens of Temple.  The support of the Mayor, City Council and the city managements understanding of the importance of a well trained and properly equipped fire department give me and my team the resources to make Temple Fire & Rescue one of the best in the nation," said Chief Wallace.  "It's been an honor and a privilege to lead the hardworking and talented members of this department who strive everyday to provide the best care to people in our city as well as surrounding areas."

Temple added an 8th fire station, replaced several fire engines and implemented a new Outdoor Warning Siren System under Wallace's leadership. Wallace also implemented a ride along program for people considering a career in fire service.

A public reception to celebrate his service will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Central Fire Station, 210 North 3rd St.

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