Today marks my final day in the fire station as a municipal employee. My fire service career spanned 24-years, which included 247-months with the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). Contributing cities included; Humble, Stafford, Cleveland, Brady, and Aransas Pass. The pension paperwork is complete and there is nothing left to do but ponder the decision.
I might be officially retired, but my time in the fire service is far from over. For years, I considered what it would be like to work in the private sector. Now that it’s a reality, I’m sitting in an empty office reminiscing about my countless experiences as a public servant.
The thoughts flooding my mind are not what you might think. Apprehensions of job security and pay are distant factors. At this point in my life, I’m more concerned with happiness and job satisfaction. If you know me at all, you know I aspire to do great things. I want to make a difference as a valued asset to the organization.
I’ve been a firefighter all my life and honestly, it is the only job I know. Hopefully I made a difference in the lives I touched. In return, I will be forever grateful to those people who left their mark on my life.
A year from now, I hope to reflect on this endeavor as the best decision I ever made.