KAWARTHA LAKES: Deputy Fire Chief Pat Twohey officially bid farewell to the service he has dedicated himself to for over 36 years, on Friday, Sept. 30.
Mr. Twohey has retired after a long career, that started with him being a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Lindsay Fire Department in April of 1980.
“It is nice to leave this career, knowing I have been part of something wonderful,” Mr. Twohey told The Standard. “I have no ill feelings.”
Mr. Twohey was hired full time by the Lindsay/Ops Fire Department in 1984. Through his commitment to the job, he was able to rise through the ranks. He served in roles such as Senior Firefighter and Captain, before ultimately being named Deputy Chief.
“I’m very proud to have worked in the service and I’ve met some great people along the way. It has been fun and rewarding,” the now retired Deputy Chief said.
Throughout his career, Mr. Twohey was recognized multiple times for his dedicated service. About 10 years ago, he received the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal and First Bar from the Governor General. He has also been awarded the Ontario Fire Services Long Service Medal and Second Bar, which was presented to him by the Ontario Fire Marshal.
Mr. Twohey explained there is one aspect of the job he is going to miss most.
“It is the interaction with the good people. Kawartha Lakes covers about 3,000 square miles, and I have met so many people that value their community.”
Mr. Twohey said he now plans to enjoy having a lessened schedule.
“We live on the water in the summer time, and I want to enjoy that more,” he said.
He also added he wants to spend more time with his grandchildren, spend time outside gardening and landscaping and just generally enjoy life.
Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst wished the former Deputy Chief the best of luck in his retirement.
“Deputy Chief Twohey has demonstrated unwavering commitment to public safety throughout his career,” he said, in a press release. “We wish him the very best in his retirement and will miss his expertise and leadership.”
Mr. Twohey had some parting words regarding the future of the service.
“Moving forward, the fire service is in change mode, and we should all try to understand there is a bigger picture, and we should be active in these discussions,” he said. “Do not lose sight of our people and our community and what we do, but it is a real business and we need to work together to make our service work.”