Prattville Fire Chief Stanley Gann honored at retirement reception

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Prattville, AL (WSFA) - Prattville officially said goodbye to long time Fire Chief Stanley Gann with a reception Thursday.

Fellow firefighters and friends joined him at the Doster Center to celebrate his nearly 30 years of service to the city, 14 as Chief.

"I never regretted getting up and going to this job every day,"  Gann said.  "Even if it was a holiday or in the middle of the night, I enjoyed every bit of it."

The sequence of events that led to this day began last month, when new Mayor Bill Gillespie called for Chief Gann's resignation the day after he talked with WSFA 12 News about the impact furloughs would have on his department.

He recalled those remarks at the reception.

"Safety for you guys and the citizens is my utmost priority.  I wasn't too politically correct about some of that sometimes, and it got me in trouble.  But I figured the citizens wrote my check," Gann said.

Later, he told us, "If I couldn't be honest and truthful in an interview with you, then I probably didn't need to be working here anyway."

Those who worked for him say they'll remember what he taught them.

Commander Michael Whaley said, "He's left the city with a lot of knowledge.  He takes a lot with him, but he's taught us a lot that we'll be able to use and remember from now on."

And despite it all, Gann says he has no regrets.  He's looking ahead to making up lost time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He said, "God will open up a door and find a way to use me in the future somewhere."

Terry Brown, who was the Deputy Chief, is serving as the Interim Chief.

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