Terry Ovesen retires as city fire chief

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By Linda Ireland

Hodgenville Fire Chief Terry Ovesen announced his retirement Monday to city council members.
He’s also stepping down as a volunteer firefighter after more than 30 years of service. His last day is Aug. 31.
“Thirty years is long enough,” he said, as he passed copies of his resignation letter to each council member.
He said he and Mayor Terry Cruse had talked about his decision prior to the meeting.
“You have done a good job … since I’ve been here and I appreciate everything you’ve done,” said Cruse. “You and I have worked well together – as anybody who works together, you don’t always see eye-to-eye but at the end of the day we did what was best for the city.”
“The best right now in my situation is to retire and let somebody else step in and give the department more attention,” Ovesen replied.
Ovesen said he had ordered two air pacs for the department to replace outdated units before his resignation and the bill was forthcoming.
Cruse said he would announce a replacement for Ovesen at next month’s council meeting.
In his last meeting as chief, Ovesen announced the July fire runs: one carbon monoxide check, one wreck, one EMS assist and three false alarms.