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Retired Chief Squires cited


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Retired Seward Fire Department Chief David Squires receives a career commendation from the Legislature from Sen. Cathy Giessel last week.

Retired City of Seward Chief David Squires received recognition for his career as a firefighter from the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 12 at a special ceremony in Juneau. Squires says that he was surprised, honored and embarrassed by the surprise citation while in the capitol city on Alaska Fire Chiefs Association business. SFD staffer Janice Melvin says that the unsolicited award was mostly due to the efforts of Sen. Cathy Giessel, who compiled background information and signed on the entire legislature as co-sponsors.

According to the introverted Squires, it was one of two times he was able to witness the obscure proceedings of the Alaska Legislature during session in person. Ostensibly in the chamber as a guest, the big surprise came with the announcement of his impending decoration from the Speaker. Called to the prodium before the entire august body, Squires was presented with the commendation by sponsor Sen. Cathy Giessel.

Squires remains active as under the title of Retired Fire Chief/Engineer with the Seward Volunteer Fire Department and was voted in as a member of the Seward City Council in October. This is his first term as an elected city official. The text of the proclamation follows.

Date: January 29, 2014

The Twenty-eighth Alaska State Legislature joins the City of Seward in thanking Chief Dave Squires for his service and congratulates him on his retirement, May 31, 2013, after serving 28 years with the Seward Fire Department. In total, Chief Squires has served 43 years in the fire protection industry which is an amazing accomplishment.

Chief Squires has been associated with fire services since the age of 18. He served in Air Force Fire Protection while in England and at Eielson Air Force Base outside of Fairbanks. In October of 1984, while stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, he was faced with a transfer out of Alaska or a furlough from service because he had achieved too high a rank. He chose the furlough and accepted a fire fighter's position with the Seward Fire Department. He knew a fire fighting career in Alaska would bring stability to his family and he liked the looks of Seward.

Chief Squires worked his way up through the fire department, appointed acting fire chief in 1997 and then appointed fire chief that same year. He is known for his passion for the safety and wellbeing of fellow fire fighters and his extensive knowledge about emergency services. He was known never to shy away from giving his opinion and when he did, people listened.

The success of Chief Squires' tenure is recognized through the effectiveness of the Seward Fire Department. Seward hasn't experienced the big, destructive and often-fatal fires that have wreaked havoc in other communities.

Known to have as much vitality as the Energizer Bunny®, Chief Squires, in his retirement, has taught a comprehensive three-day class on driving and operating fire engines and tankers, is a volunteer at the Seward Fire Department and recently has been elected to the Seward City Council. Even in retirement, he continues to serve his community.

The Twenty-eighth Alaska State Legislature takes great pleasure in honoring Chief Squires for his 28 years of dedicated service for the City of Seward.


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