MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After serving the City of Martinsville for 25 years, Fire Chief Ted Anderson Jr. has announced his retirement.

The City of Martinsville says Chief Anderson will retire on Dec. 31 and effective on Jan. 1 Assistant Fire Chief, Dan Howell will take his place. They say Chief Anderson has been in his current role for seven years but has served the department for 25 years. Chief Anderson has dedicated 37 years of his life to the fire service in Virginia.

I am blessed to have been given the opportunity be a servant to the citizens of Martinsville through both the volunteer and career side of Martinsville Fire & EMS since 1995. I want to thank my beautiful wife Renee, my mom, my dad in heaven, and the rest of my family and friends that have supported me throughout my Fire & EMS adventures. I look forward to what the future holds and fulfilling the reasons that God is keeping me around. 

Martinsville Fire Chief, Ted Anderson Jr.

Assistant Fire Chief, Dan Howell says he has been a member of Martinsville Fire & EMS for 26 years.

“I look forward to continuing my service through the position of Fire Chief and I extend my sincere appreciation for this opportunity to the City of Martinsville.” said Howell.