Burgin retires as Mt. Eden chief

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By Kathy Lynch

 After 26 years of service as Fire Chief of Mt. Eden Fire Department, Alvin Burgin has recently stepped down from his position.  

According to fellow fire fighter, Sgt. Hal Herndon, “Burgin was a laid back chief,” he said.  “Anybody that spends 26 years with a department especially as chief, well that’s a long time.”

It is said that Burgin is not one to toot his own horn, but during his time as chief there were two new stations built among other achievements to his credit.

“He always had the fire department’s best interest at heart,” said current acting chief Doug Herndon.

The fire department will be showing their appreciation to Burgin with a celebration at the Mt. Eden fire house on November 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We welcome all the fire fighters and neighbors from all over to come,” said the elder Herndon.  “Burgin did a lot and spent a lot of time there.”

When asked about his retirement, Alvin Burgin simply replied:

“I was just hopin’ to slip out of there.”