CLAYTON — Longtime firefighter Sam Cox, who recently retired, was honored at Thursday night’s Clayton City Council meeting.
Cox began his career in 1978 with the former Randolph Township Fire Department but served as a cadet three years prior to that accounting for a 40-year career with the department.
“I went through his personnel file today and there were papers in there actually as old as I am,” said Fire Chief Brian Garver. “He has been a blessing to the fire department and has served the community for many, many years. He served as a volunteer out of Station 84, ran with the tankers and went on a lot of mutual aid calls for water shuttling and has always been very active in providing a lot of help to the department and community. We just want to take this time to thank and honor him for his 40 years of service.”
Garver noted that the fire service is a young person’s game and as you get older every year seems like it takes a toll on your body like two or three years would.
Garver presented Cox with a plaque inscribed with, “In grateful acknowledgement and deep appreciation of your loyal and dedicated years of service, June 7, 1978 to July 31, 2015.”
Cox was also presented with a fire badge from the 1980s during the period when the department was the Randolph Township Fire Department. Garver presented the old badge along with a current City of Clayton Fire Department badge as retirement gifts.
Councilman Ray Sloan was also recognized for his service. He lost a re-election bid to incoming Councilman Elect Mike Stevens.
Mayor Joyce Deitering presented Sloan with a plaque that read, “In grateful acknowledgement and deep appreciation of your loyal and dedicated years of service, January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015.”