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Bridgeport Bids Farewell to Veteran Fire Chief

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Chief Chuck Feathers is a 33-year veteran of the Bridgeport Fire Department, and on Monday night, city council honored his service to the community at Feathers' final meeting.

Feathers started working for the city in 1981 as a paramedic firefighter with a salary of $12,461 and was the first nationally certified paramedic in West Virginia.

He was named chief of the fire department in 2004.

Feathers will retire this Thursday and said it's been his honor to serve the public.

"It's touching, it's moving, and it's usually in their time of sorrow or loss. And it is so wonderful to be able to help somebody in that time," said Feathers.

"Those guys live to protect life and property, and we're just going to honor him tonight for his service and thank him for a job well done," said Mayor Mario Blount.

City officials are still in the process of interviewing candidates to fill the position. Feathers, meanwhile, is planning a vacation down south to visit his son.

The city is hosting a farewell party for Feathers on Tuesday at the Benedum Civic Center from 3-5 p.m.