STANFORD - After almost 18 years at the Stanford Fire Department, Chief Leroy Lunsford announced Thursday his intent to retire this month.
Lunsford made his announcement at the city council meeting, telling council members he regrets leaving the fire department.
"Existing medical conditions have worsened to the point to where I cannot continue to ... effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities that I am charged with," said Lunsford in a prepared statement.
His eldest son, Leroy Lunsford Jr., said his father deserved to retire after 18 years of working with the department and seldom taking a vacation.
"He's been a full-time employee for almost 40 years of his life, and he hardly ever took a vacation here. In 18 years, he might have taken a total of a month off for vacation. It was just time for him to retire," said Luster Jr.