Retiring Deputy Fire Chief Gives Final Signoff After 40 Years of Service

A deputy fire chief in Roanoke, Virginia, gave his final radio signoff as he retired from service on Friday, January 8.

Billy Altman began his career in public safety as a volunteer in 1980. In 1985, he was hired as a paramedic, the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department said.

In 1995, the city’s EMS program merged with the fire service and Altman was promoted to captain within the new formed Roanoke Fire-EMS Department.

The department thanked Altman for his years of dedication.

“Thank you Chief Altman for your years of dedicated service to the residents and visitors of the City of Roanoke and beyond. Your wealth of knowledge and witty personality will be missed. We wish you a happy and healthy retirement,” the department said. Credit: Roanoke Fire-EMS Department via Storyful