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Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather, right, presents Kerry Hughes, left, with his bugle award on Saturday, celebrating his retirement from Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services celebrated on Saturday the combined 64 years of service of two battalion chiefs following their retirement last month.

The CCFES celebrated Battalion Chief Shift Commander Dan Floyd and Battalion Chief Kerry Hughes with a dinner at the Ball Ground community building downtown, where Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather thanked Floyd and Hughes for their commitment and service to the citizens of Cherokee County and presented them with their symbolic “bugle awards.”

After the award presentations, fire personnel came together with family and friends to “roast Floyd and Hughes with funny stories about their careers with the fire department,” CCFES spokesman Tim Cavender said on Tuesday.

“Dan Floyd came to work for Cherokee County EMS on July 16, 1984 and was hired to work at the Oak Grove Fire Department on April 24, 1987,” Prather said in a written statement on Tuesday. “During his 34-plus years of work with the department, Floyd received five letters of appreciation. In August of 1986, he was recognized as Cherokee County EMT of the month and was later named Cherokee County EMT of the year. He was also nominated that year for Region 1 EMT of the year.”

Floyd was one of the last remaining members of the Oak Grove Fire Department. He was also one of the only remaining CCFES firefighters that served since before the department went countywide.

“Kerry Hughes had 30-plus years of service to the department and started his career on

July 31, 1988 at the Little River Fire Department. During his career, Hughes had three letters of commendation and nine letters of appreciation,” Prather continued.

Hughes was one of the last remaining members of the Little River department. Only one other from Little River now remains employed with CCFES.

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