Friends, fellow firemen and city officials gathered at the Hope Fire Department Central Fire Station for Hope Fire fighter Dennis Bass’s retirement celebration.
Speaking with many of Bass’s fellow firemen, they all commended Bass on his dedication to his city, community and always being there for his fellow and women fire fighters.
Bass started his career under former Fire Chief Don Webb. During his tenure with the fire department he also served under the leadership of Chief Bo Watkins. Several of the firefighters had firefighting stories to share about Bass.
Hope Fire Chief Dale Glanton spoke highly of Bass. Glanton said bass started with the HFD on February 1991. His official last day will be June 30, 2019. Glanton said, “With Bass being with the HFD for over 28 years he has been a good employee. With him being a good employee, you hate to see him leave. We are losing a senior management employee.”
He said replacing Bass will be a challenge and hard to replace. He said it’s hard to keep employees for these many years and hewill be missed.
While talking with Hope City Manager Catherine Cook, she said “Dennis Bass has been a long-valued-member of the fire department for over 28 years now and it’s sad to see him go. But at the same time, we are very happy for him to have a retirement and to be able to enjoy it and all the things he wants to do for himself.”
She further advised Bass has been a very important asset in the fire department.
“It will be a loss on the department, but we are really glad for his chance to retire.”
Bass was presented a plaque in recognition of his long service with the Hope Fire Department and the City of Hope.