ELLSWORTH — Fire Chief Richard Tupper has hung up his uniform after 35 years with the Ellsworth Fire Department.
He’s served the Ellsworth community for more than three decades and worked his last day with the department Friday.
Tupper first joined the department in 1985, right out of college.
He was promoted to deputy chief in 2006 and became the fire chief in 2011.
Tupper said he’s been to a lot of fire scenes over the years and is proud he’s been able to help people on “their worst day” and working with his colleagues and mutual aid partners have made it all worth it.
Like any good fire chief, he also left with a little reminder.
“You never know what the day is going to bring us, for sure. The good the bad and otherwise. But the rewards that come with those calls are very much worth it and the camaraderie between the crews is second to none. It’s our second family here,” he said.
Asked if he had anything to add, Tupper said, “Yeah. Don’t forget to check your smoke detectors on a monthly basis.”
Tupper said in his retirement he plans to pursue another lifelong passion — woodworking — and is glad to have time to indulge that dream as well.