Family, friends and co-workers gathered to give Wichita Falls Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Weske a sendoff into retirement.
The chief received a final alarm call this afternoon at the police training academy.
He was hired September 17, 1979.
He has been with the fire department for 33 years; the final seven as assistant chief.
Weske says the department has made strides since he joined especially in the area of better safety features for firefighters.
After battling blazes for three decades and receiving several retirement gifts Weske says he's looking forward to doing something new.
"I'm gonna go work, helping my brother-in-law... something I've done before. I like running heavy equipment so I'm gonna do a little bulldozer operating and just take it easy a little bit. Enjoy Life," says Weske.
Weske says he will miss being part of the brotherhood and battling fires but he is excited to start a new chapter in his life.