Larry Eberle retires after 30 years of firefighting

Western Kansas World – January 12, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – January 30, 2017


Larry Eberle has been “fired up” for three decades, volunteering and fighting fires for the Trego County Rural Fire and Rescue Department since he joined the department in 1986.

Eberle has taken time to reflect on the fire department team he served because, after 30 years, he is taking a well earned retirement. His fire department resume includes both prominent positions in the department and notable programs and events.

Serving as assistant chief for seven years and chief for 20 years, Eberle was chosen as the 2014 Fire Chief of the Year at the Kansas State Fire Chiefs’ Association meeting. Eberle also spent ten years as the District 2 Fire Chief Association president. During Eberle’s tenure, the fire department acquired 14 new fire trucks, eight with grant money, and hosted “Nikki” the pink fire truck at the Walk-a-Thon.

Working with McDonalds, Eberle initiated a fire prevention week program during which a fire department truck was on display at McDonalds, and, in return, McDonalds would provide the firefighters with food when they fought a big fire.

Eberle credits his successful years in part to the three good assistant chiefs he had over the twenty years, Clarence Bliss, Dennis Eberle, and John Shubert.

Although he said that it has been a challenge to keep up with the laws and to keep the fire department running, Eberle says he will miss the camaraderie of his fellow firefighters.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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