The American Fire Service is a culture steeped in pride and tradition. Each firehouse or fire department has unique ways to remember its’s roots and carry old traditions into the current days and beyond. The Topsfield Fire Department is no exception. Each year, members that are planning on retiring before the next year’s fair comes around get a ceremonial ride on “The Hitch.” The Topsfield Fire Department was officially formed in 1923, that same year, The Town bought it’s first motorized piece of fire apparatus. Before fire apparatus was motorized, departments used horse and wagon setups to transport firefighting equipment, several historical records mention “Mr. Proctor” in Topsfield donating a horse and wagon from time-to-time, to aid in firefighting efforts. This year, two officers of the Topsfield Fire Department took their ceremonial rides on “The Hitch.” LT. Tom Ash will retire with 9 years of combined call/full-time service to Topsfield as well as several before that to the Boxford Fire Department, and Captain Darrell Moore will retire after over 42 years of service, staring as a call firefighter, rising through the ranks and putting in 32 years as a career member, before dropping back to on-call status for the last 9 years. Both members have contributed monumentally to the department and spent countless hours away from friends and family during holidays and other special events to keep the citizens and visitors of the Town of Topsfield safe. Thank you, Gentlemen, for your leadership and meaningful contributions to our department, we hope you enjoyed the ride!
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