After 44 years in fire service, Alan J. Martin is stepping away.
Martin, 65, is retiring as chief of the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service on Jan. 19.
That day, a retirement reception for him is set to be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Tuscaloosa Fire Station No. 1 at the intersection of Greensboro Avenue and 15th Street.
“I’ve been in the business quite a while now,” he said. “It’s hard on your family for that many years.”
“It’s just time for me to start doing something else and spending more time with my family and allow my wife to get a little bit of a break from all of this, as well.”