NEWTON, NC (Aug. 6, 2013) – The Newton Fire Department on July 31 bid farewell to two retiring employees, Fire Marshal Dale Coffey (pictured right) and Fire Inspector/Educator David Watson (pictured left).
“We want to thank you for your years of service, and we’re going to miss you,” Mayor Anne P. Stedman said to Coffey and Watson at a luncheon honoring their retirement.
Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said the two men combined had more than 60 years of experience in fire service beginning prior to their service in Newton. Coffey began working for the City of Newton in April 2005 as Fire Marshal. Watson began his tenure at the City of Newton in July 2009 as a fire inspector and educator. Both men served in their respective positions until retirement.
"They are both well-known throughout the state and very well respected individuals,” Yoder said. “And they are the people that businesses and industries see on a daily basis, keeping them in touch with the fire department. I want to thank you both for everything you’ve done for the City.”
Yoder presented Coffey and Watson with their decommissioned fire fighting helmets and plaques honoring their service.
“I wouldn’t be where I am at today without my family’s support,” Watson said. “Most of all, I want to thank Jesus because without him I’m nothing. He’s given me the strength to do what I do.”
Coffey said he hoped he made a difference in the City of Newton during his years as Fire Marshal, and wished the best for the City as it builds a new fire station headquarters. He also thanked his family for their support.
“It’s going to be a very exciting time in the City of Newton,” Coffey said. “I’m just thankful and glad I could be a part of the Newton Fire Department.”