FRONT ROYAL – After 25 years on the job, Warren County Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Mabie will retire Dec. 31, according to a county news release.

The retirement will close a career that included 50-plus years of public service, as Mabie also served 25 years with the Richmond City Fire Department and 13 years as the Hanover Courthouse Volunteer Fire Company's chief.

Mabie states in the release that he takes “great pride” in fire and rescue’s accomplishments during his tenure, noting that “we are now very respected by other public safety agencies throughout the Shenandoah Valley.”

He notes that the department strives to serve the county “with the highest level of professionalism, dedication, and service possible,” which is not possible without the “diverse group of career and volunteer men and women that serve this community every day, of whom I am extremely proud.”

“I walked into my office my first day without an organized Department. I leave 25 years later an organization that is truly dedicated in serving our community as ‘One Department’ with ‘One Mission,’” Mabie states.

In the news release, former County Administrator Doug Stanley lauds Mabie’s “hard work and dedication” and states that “we have been fortunate as a community to have had such a dedicated leader of our fire and rescue services.”

“I have been most impressed over the years with his work ethic and willingness to be a hands-on chief, personally running most of the significant calls in the community during his tenure,” Stanley states.

During Mabie’s tenure, Stanley noted that the county added the North Warren Volunteer company, constructed the Rivermont department’s soon-to-be-open facility and increased staffing.

Mabie also stated that he appreciates the support of Stanley, the Fire Chief's Advisory Staff, elected officials and the community.

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