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After 17 years, Knightdale fire chief to retire

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KNIGHTDALE — In a bittersweet tribute Wednesday, Knightdale town officials honored the service of Fire Chief Tim Guffey, who will retire at the end of the month after 17 years with the fire department.

The town council held a presentation to show appreciation for Guffey, and awarded him his fire helmet as a gift to take into retirement.

“We’ve had a lot of successes over the last 17 years and I owe it to these folks back here,” Guffey said during the presentation, pointing to the rows of firefighters who were sitting in the audience. He then choked up as he pointed to members of his family.

The town council unanimously approved a resolution of appreciation for Guffey’s work with the town. Mayor James Roberson presented Guffey with a framed copy of the resolution and the audience gave Guffey a standing ovation.

“It has been a joy and a pleasure working with the chief,” Roberson said, noting that Guffey had done much to keep the community safe.

Guffey joined the town as fire chief in 2002. Before that, he was fire chief at Pleasant Garden Fire Department in Guilford County and assistant fire chief at the Knightdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Also at the meeting, the council voted to:

• Approve street names for roads in the future Haywood Glen Subdivision.

• Adopted a revised emergency operations plan.

• Extended a contract with Environmental Control for janitorial services for $74,000.

• Approved the rezoning of 6800 Knightdale Boulevard, where a Panera Bread is planned, from highway business to highway business conditional.