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Chief Quillin's Goodbye

Tallahassee Fire Chief Tom Quillin is hanging up his boots after 14 years with the department. Quillin will be spending his last day on the job Tuesday saying goodbye to colleagues and friends and looking back on his career.

"It's been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Tallahassee and Leon County. I've enjoyed it immensely. I've worked hard for the last 14 years and I'm looking forward to the future," he says.

Chief Quillin is just about out the door, ready to retire from firefighting and on his way to new endeavors.

"Next on the agenda for me, I start Wednesday with the state Department of Health working in the Office of Emergency Management."

But as he packs up, some of those under his command remember the impact he made on their careers and sometimes their personal lives.

Firefighter Sarah Cooksey recently became a mother, but after the birth of her son there were some complications that kept her from working.

Chief Quillin allowed all the firefighters to donate their hours to Cooksey while she was unable to work.

"So we wouldn't have to go with out pay so we were able to feed our family. It means a lot to me. He made it easier," she says.

"I'd like to say to the folks I worked with I appreciate their hard work and good efforts to make this department better and to provide a high level of service," says Quillin.

Chief Quillin says all he ever wanted to do was impact and improve his community and his firefighters, and many agree that he did exactly that.

Starting Wednesday, Tallahassee firefighters will report to the interim fire chief, Steve Anderson until a permanent replacement can be found. Anderson is a 20-year veteran of the department.


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