Parsons firefighter to retire Friday

By Ray Nolting
Parsons Sun – March 14, 2018

Parsons Fire Chief Jay Hawks presents a plaque to driver/operator Tom Jackson Tuesday for his years of service with the department. Jackson’s last day with the fire department will be Friday. Pictures by Ray Nolting

Parsons Fire Chief Jay Hawks uses string to cut Tom Jackson’s retirement cake. The technique keeps the frosting looking neat and makes for straight lines on the cut, he said.

Tom Jackson will retire this week from the Parsons Fire Department after nearly 29 years of service.

Jackson, a driver/operator, started work on Oct. 18, 1989. His last work day will be Friday. The city of Parsons had a reception for Jackson Tuesday afternoon at Fire Station No. 1, 1819 Washington. City Manager Debbie Lamb was on hand, as were Jackson’s fellow firefighters and other retired firefighters.

Fire Chief Jay Hawks honored Jackson for his service to the department and the community.

“It’s getting more rare to have somebody in a job, a single job, for 29 years. For all the service that you’ve done for the community, Tom, and for the Parsons Fire Department, we appreciate what you’ve done for us,” Hawks said.

Jackson received some gifts, including a plaque, a coat, a paper sack (to replace worn-out sacks he brings to the department) and a snack-size bag of Cheetos from retired firefighter David Schibi.

Jackson said he will continue to farm after he retires.

 

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