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Firemen’s service feted at Captiva Civic Center

By Staff | Jun 9, 2011

Captiva Fire District Chief Rich Dickerson, left, presents retiring chief Jay Halverson with the cap once worn by former chief John Wakefield.

Many family and community members gathered at the Captiva Civic Center for a farewell party in honor of Fire Chief Jay Halverson and Captain Don Montgomery’s retirement. After 50-plus combined years of service to the Captiva community, the pair has been ascribed with making the fire department what it is today.

“I’m very proud of Jay,” said his wife Karen, as she shared many memories with the crowd. “He exemplifies what a public servant should be because he really served the community with all his heart.”

Rich Dickerson, former assistant chief, is Captiva’s new fire chief. He presented Halverson with a shadow box filled with special items, including his fireman’s badge.

In addition, Dickerson bestowed a mounted ax to Montgomery, along with his fireman’s helmet.

“I felt it was time to move on,” said Montgomery about his decision to retire.

Don Montgomery sports his fireman’s helmet, which was presented to him during the retirement farewell.

Halverson plans to spend his newfound time with his granddaughters, one who lives on Sanibel and two others residing in Gainesville, Fla. He also has a son, who is being deployed to Afghanistan with the Army’s Infantry division.

“I’ve enjoyed all these years,” he added.

Montgomery said that he plans to do some traveling with his wife – hop around to different resorts, relax in Atlantic City and, most importantly, spend time with the grandkids in Cincinnati, Ohio.

There were many memories shared amongst the crowd, while food donated by several area businesses was enjoyed.

Jay Halverson shows his retirement gift presented to him by Fire Chief Rich Dickerson.

Pictured are Jay Halverson, left center, and Don Montgomery, right center, Rich Dickerson, Alan Delameter, Commissioner C.W. Kilgore, Commissioner Bob Brace, Commissioner Sherrill Sims, Shawn Kilgore, Michael Knight, Jeff Pawul, Bart Lally, Nick Miller, Zack Van Dyck, Dennis Guerin and Deputy Alan Falde.