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Salisbury Fire Lieutenant Retires After 35 Years

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SALISBURY, Md. - A 35-year veteran of the Salisbury Fire Department is hanging up his fire coat.

Lieutenant Richard Rathel is starting a much deserved retirement after three decades as a career firefighter and five years of volunteering.

But he's not going too far away. Rathel says he will still be volunteering as a driver for Station 2.

"It's a job that you just can't walk away from totally, not in my aspect anyway, until they put you six-feet in the ground," said Rathel. "I guess I'll be kicking and screaming. I can't walk away from it. I love the job, I love what we do.

One of his best memories on the job, Rathel says, saving the lives of two women from a pile of rubble. It's something he calls "a miracle."

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