Community honors Chief Grinnell
Warren — The Masonic Hall on Camden Road in Warren was packed Oct. 16 as well-wishers were on hand to give thanks to Edward Grinnell Jr. for his 47 years of service at the helm of the Warren Fire Department.
Admittedly, Grinnell was uncomfortable when he first heard about the gathering -- earlier in the day -- as everyone was able to keep it a secret.
The humbled chief addressed the audience after a walk down memory lane via a slide show and several fellow firefighters and colleagues telling stories.
"Over the years I've met a lot of good people," he said with a crackle in his voice. "Not only in the fire department, but people connected to the fire department." He noted how smoothly the transition has gone with Assistant Fire Chief Greg Andrews taking over the reins. Andrews has been on the fire department for 34 years this month.
Grinnell said many people he had met from his work at the post office were in attendance, as were numerous members of the community who had gotten to know him over the years.
He mentioned that there have been some serious fires, not only in Warren, but in other local towns.
"But the worst thing probably is accidents," Grinnell said. "We've run into some pretty gruesome things." He said thankfully there have been no fatalities as of late.
"It's been a trip," he said.
Grinnell served for 10 years in various capacities, working his way up through the ranks before being appointed chief in 1979.
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