After 46 years, Sun Prairie firefighter retires

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) -- A man known as a pillar of the Sun Prairie Fire Department is stepping down after generations of work. Arnie Kleven first joined the department in 1972.

Kleven worked across the street form station 1 before he took the job. He worked at GT and would hear the fire sirens go off, prompting him to poke his head out to see where they were going.

"One day, Art says, 'Do you want to join the fire department? They are kind of short handed.' and I told him I would!" Kleven said.

Little did he expect that he would stay for almost half a century.

Kleven was chief from 1988 to 1993 then became assistant chief. He is credited with being a role model for younger EMS workers.