21 years of service: Cloyd says goodbye to fire department

Danville Firefighter Robert “Robbie” Cloyd retired in March, after 21 years with the Danville Fire Department. His time serving the city was honored Monday night at the Danville City Commission, where attendees could enjoy cake and snacks. Cloyd led the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the commission meeting, and was presented with his firefighter’s helmet by Danville Fire Chief Ken Pflug, as well as a commemorative knife by Danville Mayor Mike Perros.

“Rob, this might look familiar to you,” Pflug said as he handed Cloyd’s service helmet to him. “… It’s for you to take home and enjoy and remember us in your days of retirement.”

“I didn’t prepare a speech,” Cloyd said. “But, a lot of years and time flies by fast. A lot of good friends, a lot of good memories — some bad. That’s all I’ve got.”

The commission also proclaimed this week as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week; April 15-21 as National Volunteer Appreciation Week; and April 16-22 as a week to celebrate Earth Day.