Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services recognized a long-serving firefighter for his many years of service with a retirement ceremony and luncheon Tuesday.

Scott Townsend served as a firefighter with the county fire department for 25 years, and during the ceremony at the agency’s administrative offices, was presented with a bugle award by Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather. The bugle, or speaking trumpet, is a reference to a megaphone-like device that was used in the early days of fire service.

Following the bugle presentation, several of Townsend’s current and former co-workers spoke, telling stories about Townsend’s career in the fire department. His wife Dana, son Tanner and brother Freddie, who retired from the fire department several years ago, also spoke at the event.

Scott Townsend thanked everyone for coming to the event and stated that the fire department was a big part of his life.

“I will miss you guys and I wish you all the best,” he added.

Townsend began his career with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services as a firefighter on July 11, 1995 and was promoted to a Firefighter II on July 4, 1997. He became a sergeant with the agency on Jan. 6, 2002 and became a paramedic on May 7, 2006. In 2012, Townsend transferred to fire headquarters to handle quality assurance before moving to the fire marshal’s office to become a fire inspector this past May.

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