Commentary: 50 years of service 

My father David Laurie has been in the Plainville Fire Department my entire life. He was everything from a black coat (regular fireman) to an officer, right up to his dream of being chief.

He finally retired from the fire department, but continues to dedicate his life to his dreams and protect the Town of Plainville.

David Laurie received a citation from the Town Council on Monday, Sept. 13 honoring his 50 years of service as the Fire Department Dispatcher. He is the first person (history tells us) ever to achieve this level of service.

When he gave his acceptance speech he talked about the changes of the dispatch system that have happened over 50 years. There were no radios, cell phones or computers in the beginning. A whistle would go off a few times, and depending on how many whistles there were would tell you which area of town to head toward.

Now there are three computer screens to look at, dispatch on the radio and texts to peoples’ cell phones.

He is a wealth of knowledge.

Submitted by
Sandy Lennon

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