Running Springs Fire Chief Grabow Feted at Retirement Party

A great group of past Running Springs Fire or Water Department employees thoroughly enjoyed the day. Right left: former G.M. Jim Towns.
A great group of past Running Springs Fire or Water Department employees thoroughly enjoyed the day. Right left: former G.M. Jim Towns.

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Former Running Springs Fire Chief Dan Wurl was on hand for this "farewell." It was wonderful to see so many former fire chiefs from so many different agencies.
Former Running Springs Fire Chief Dan Wurl was on hand for this “farewell.” It was wonderful to see so many former fire chiefs from so many different agencies.

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.

Former Running Springs Fire Department Chief Tony Grabow with his longtime friend Glen Barley. What a great get-together by past and present mountain-wide fire officials.
Former Running Springs Fire Department Chief Tony Grabow with his longtime friend Glen Barley. What a great get-together by past and present mountain-wide fire officials.

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.

What a great group of people. Most of these people are family and/or former or current firefighters in our mountain areas.
What a great group of people. Most of these people are family and/or former or current firefighters in our mountain areas.

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.

"Punch" Ringhoffer was on hand for all the fun!
Former Running Springs Water District General Manager Jim Towns and his wife were happy attendees. it was great to see both of them (even with a cast on her arm!.

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Tony's proud parents attended (of course) and it was a privilege to meet them.
Tony’s proud parents attended (of course) and it was a privilege to meet them. Also pictured is Gladys Tanaka, Tony’s mother-in-law and former owner of Genii’s Candles many years ago in Running Springs.

 

 

 

 

Chief Grabow's two children, Naomi and Jimmy, paid a wonderful tribute to their dad who loved every second of their part of the sentimental (and often funny) salute to the outgoing fire chief.
Chief Grabow’s two children, Naomi and Jimmy, paid a wonderful tribute to their dad who loved every second of their part of the sentimental (and often funny) salute to the outgoing fire chief. What a special event all the way around!
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2 thoughts on “Running Springs Fire Chief Grabow Feted at Retirement Party

  1. Bonnie Rieger

    Beautiful article on the Retirement party for Running Springs Fire Chief. Looks like the room was full of the real hero’s of the community. Thanks for all. Bonnie Rieger

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