Over 20 years in the books, and one Kearney authority says it is time to close that chapter of his life.
Ken Tracy, with the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, will be ending his almost 26 year career on May 3.
Tracy started with the department as a volunteer back in 1987. He started fire prevention and safety education in 1988, and for the past 20 years, he has served as the fire administrator.
"He brings a sense of humor to everybody, he's good to get along with, he's a fun guy, and he has the best interest of the fire department," shared Gisel Theis, administrative assistant for KVFD.
Tracy says he will miss the companionship with all the volunteers and paid staff. He says the retirement comes after feeling like it was time to move out of the way and hand the position over to the younger people to get their challenges in.
He leaves his replacement with words of advice:
"I guess if I had to give advice for the person to replace me, I would just remind them that we are working with people, and not against them. I want them to help people the best they can," said Tracy.
Tracy tells NTV News that he will be spending time at home with his wife following his departure from KVFD.