LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 has learned that the City of Lubbock Fire Chief Rhea Cooper has announced that he will be retiring from the Lubbock Fire Department effective December 18, 2009.
Rhea Cooper has served in the Lubbock Fire Department for more than 31 years. He began his career as a fire fighter in 1978, before rising through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of Operations in 1996 and Fire Chief in 2007.
Chief Cooper is the 6th fire chief in the history of the City of Lubbock. Chief Cooper received numerous professional certifications over his career and was awarded the Medal of Valor after the Wylie Propane Plant Fire in February of 2006.
According to a press release from the City of Lubbock, Chief Cooper says, “It has been an honor to serve the community of Lubbock with my fellow firefighters for 31 years, and to work with the City Council and City staff for the last 13 years.”
After the chief’s retirement, Fire Marshall Mike Kemp will serve as Interim Fire Chief until the City Manager recommends the appointment of a new fire chief.
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