After 30 years of fighting fires, Kirksville Fire Chief retires

Kirksville Fire Chief Randy Behrens' last day was Friday.

A man who has spent the last 30 years fighting fires in the city of Kirksville is hanging up his hat.

Friday was Kirksville Fire Chief Randy Behrensâ?? last day.

He's retiring after fighting thousands of fires and saving countless lives in the Kirksville area.

"I don't know that it's really dawned on me. I know it's happening but, I haven't really thought about it a whole lot today," Behrens said.

His main focus has always been helping the citizens of Kirksville.

Whether it's fire prevention, emergency response or saving a life, he's glad to be able to help.

Behrens started working with the Kirksville Fire Department in 1981. He never planned to become a firefighter, but when contracting work became scarce in the late 1970â??s he applied at for a job through the city and the rest was history.

Although it's not easy saying goodbye, Behrens says he will always have many fond memories from working with the Kirksville Fire Department.

"I'm going to miss working with my firefighters, my officers, city staff, the whole city, I'm going to miss working with the people here in this city. It's been a fun time and we really work well together. I think I'll miss that more than anything," said Behrens.

This certainly isn't the end of the road for Behrens. Now he's moving to Kansas City to be closer to his three sons and grandchildren.