Captain Ray Miller of the Ashland Fire Department Retires

  • 1/19/2019 5:29:44 PM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH- Ashland Fire Department hosted Captain Ray Miller’s Retirement party Friday afternoon from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The Fire House was full of friends and co-workers along with Mayor Matt Miller, previous Mayor Duane Fishpaw, and previous City Council member Sandra Tunnell.

Ray Miller, was hired on December 4, 1992 and is now retired after his shift on Friday which ended at 6:30 am. He was awarded firefighter of the year twice, the first time in 1999 and then again in 2003.

Miller has dedicated 30 years to the residents of Ashland City.

“Today is bittersweet,” Miller commented. “It’s hard to stop something you have been doing for over 30 years.”

Ashland Mayor, Matt Miller, commented about Ray’s retirement, “I am very proud of Ray for his 30 years of service at our city fire department. His heart for the people of our community continues his family’s outstanding legacy of caring for the people who call our city their home. Ray’s father, Ray Sr., was a longtime member of the Ashland City Fire Department and his mother, Ann, is well-known for the wide variety of volunteer work she has done for our community. I wish him well as he and his wife embark on a new adventure in their life.”

Chief Rick Anderson, of the Ashland Fire Department, spoke about Miller's contribution to the station during the retirement party.

“Ray Jr.’s retirement was bittersweet to me. Ray’s Father, Assistant Chief (AC) Ray Miller Sr., was still on the job when I started with the Ashland Fire Division. I started in July of 1989 and he retired in January of 1990. His was the first retirement party that I attended. Back then the duty crew of the retiree cooked steaks for everyone.  I remember Ray (Jr.) attending his father’s party with his family," Anderson said.  “AC Ray Miller Sr. was well known as an EMT instructor, and Ray Jr. had some pretty big shoes to fill. I told Ray Jr. that I believe that he has, over 30 plus years, left his own legacy and was proud of him for that.”

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