Longtime Running Springs resident, Tony Grabow, took his final bow as Running Springs Fire Department’s chief when he was feted by friends and associates at his retirement party on Sunday, May . The event was held at the Robert Hootman Senior Community Center and you couldn’t have (legally) squeezed in one more person because the outpouring for him was huge.
The room was filled with longtime friends and family as well as many former Running Springs Fire Department and Running Springs Water board members and many other firefighters throughout the mountain communities as well as county and CalFire representatives.
Throughout the years Tony has been a volunteer, a paid/call firefighter and a permanent member of the local fire department and a few years ago he became fire chief, a position he has held up to yesterday’s big event.
I know that whatever Tony does with his retirement will be wonderful and we welcome longtime firefighter George Corley “officially to the fold.” George has years and years of fire department experience and it’s so good to know that he is now entitled to the title Chief Corley.
One of the wonderful things about these events that honor retiring fire chiefs is that firefighters from all over attend to honor their service. It makes going to these fun events absolutely thrilling because you’re able to meet (again) fire personnel you may not have seen for years. It’s like a big family reunion and in many ways that’s exactly what these events become.