Lavaca’s Fire Chief Steve Helms was never late to a fire in his three decades of service but he was late to his own retirement party Monday night!
Fire Chief Steve Helms was surprised with a retirement party after the regular city council meeting. Helms retired after 34 years of service to the city of Lavaca as a fireman, first responder, and chief.
Mayor Hugh Hardgrave presented Helms with an award that stated, “Presented to Steve Helms, In Appreciation of Your 34 Years of Service to the Lavaca Fire Department.” The mayor praised the newly retired chief for his service and dedication to the people of Lavaca over all the years. When asked why he became s fireman, Helms replied, “I just went to a couple of meetings to see what it was all about and I thought it was something I wanted to do.”
Moments before Helms arrived, the city council voted unanimously to make Assistant Fire Chief Paul Sanders the new fire chief. Sanders also presented out-going chief Helms with an award that said, “Lavaca Fire & Rescue 2019, Presented to Steve Helms. Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement for providing 34 years of firefighting and first responder services.”
Mayor Hardgrave asked Helms if he’d like to say anything to the crowd of well-wishers who came to honor him. Helms jokingly replied, “See ya!” He went on to thank the city for the support that was given to him and to the fire department over the years, giving great credit to the many firemen that he had served with over the years. Around forty people attended the ceremony and were treated to refreshments after many handshakes, congratulations and photo oportunities.
Thank you, Steve Helms, for all you have done to keep Lavaca and this area safe for so long!