Chief Larry Jones Retires

On Saturday, March 25, from 1-4 pm, a retirement celebration was held for Fire Chief Larry Jones by the Madison West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department. At 2 pm, a ceremony was held with words honoring Larry. The Madison Fire Board presented Larry with a plaque for serving the Madison Fire Dept. for 50 years. Missouri State Fire Marshall Tim Bean presented Larry with a certificate honoring him for 50 years of Fire Service. FFAM President Larry Jennings added words about Larry’s work as an FFAM member and board director. There were also other firefighters that spoke, new and old sheriffs from Monroe County that had worked with Larry on different incidents, and Paris Fire Chief Steve Jones (Larry’s brother). Larry and his wife received folding canvas rocking chairs with their names on them to be used to watch the Madison firefighters work. Dale and Nancy Ransell gave him a handmade firefighter quilt to cover himself while he was watching the firefighters working. There were many other gifts and lots of cards for Larry’s retirement. The Madison Community Center was decorated with fire-related items by the Madison Firefighters. Cake, cookies, and punch were served to the many guests that were there.

Larry wants to thank all of his fellow FFAM members that showed up at the retirement celebration. For many of them, it was a long drive, but he was so glad to see all of them. Again, thank you!