The community is invited when Sandy Springs honors its fire chief as Jack McElfish prepares to retire in October. The celebration will take place on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the City Center Green on Sandy Springs Circle at Johnson Ferry Road (next to Fire Station 2).  A picnic lunch will be served.

Following a 51-year career in fire/rescue service, with more than 33 years serving in the fire chief role, McElfish announced his retirement in January.  He joined the city of Sandy Springs in July 2006, tasked with creating a full service Fire and Rescue Department that became operational on Jan. 1, 2007.

Since its inception, Sandy Springs Fire Rescue has received numerous awards, including the “Crown Community” Award by American City and County Magazine.  McElfish has been honored on many occasions, receiving the “Mission Award” from the American Heart Association, the “Alan Brunacini Fire Service Executive Safety Award,” and several designations as “Fire Chief of the Year.”  He was also one of the country’s first to receive the designation of “Chief Fire Officer” from the Commission of Professional Credentialing.

Ann Marie Quill

Ann Marie Quill is Associate Editor at Reporter Newspapers.