WFFD Chief Earl Foster Retiring After 31 Years with Department

Published 03/27 2014 06:14PM

Updated 03/28 2014 09:43AM

After 31 years with the Wichita Falls Fire Department, chief Earl Foster is preparing to say goodbye to the department and the City of Wichita Falls.

Foster says he spent his entire adult life as a firefighter, starting in his late teenage years.

He says his most memorable moments with the department are those none of us will ever forget, including hearing about the September 11 attacks and, locally, fighting the Missile Road fires in April 2011.

"I really did think we were going to lose an entire neighborhood, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that," Chief Foster says. "I didn't see any way for us to stop the fire. When it was all said and done, we did have eight houses that were damaged. Three of them were totaled, but I was surprised it was that few. Our guys did just a tremendous job."

Foster and his wife plan to move to Granbury, an area he says they both love.

They plan to spend more time traveling and visiting family.

If you'd like to wish Chief Foster well in his retirement, you can attend his retirement reception.

It's Friday, March 28th, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Public Safety Training Center in the 700 block of Flood St.

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