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Long-time Madison Firefighter Retires


He's spent his career risking his life to save others.

This Friday, one of Madison's most dedicated public servants is calling it quits. Saturday morning he's officially retiring after more than 40 years as a member of the Madison Fire Department.

Lt. Richard Graebel says his years of service leave him with memories of helping people. but some fire calls stand out.

"But one of the sillier ones we had, we had a case down at the Edgewater Hotel where a guy caught his head in a bar rail, and we got called out for that one."

Graebel says new technology makes firefighting better than ever, and says he'd do it all over again.

Friday, his co-workers gathered to wish him well and thank him for his dedication.

Graebel is the second longest serving firefighter in Madison history.


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