Posted 9/13/12 – At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the City presented a commendation to Capt. Chris Morrison of the Sierra Madre Fire Dept. upon his retirement after twenty years of service to the community. Capt. Morrison, whose main job is in the construction industry working for a custom home building company, moved to Sierra Madre at the age of 13 in 1976, and became a member of the SMFD in 1992.
He is married and has a daughter.
He graduated from the Foothill Fire Academy in 1993, and became a captain in 2003. His first structure fire was a single family residence near Mary’s Market, and his last was the “infamous turtle fire” (at Mayor Josh Moran’s home). He served on strike teams in Laguna Beach, Malibu, Yosemite and San Diego. He also was involved on numerous medical calls ranging from bloody noses to heart attacks, and says the delivery of a baby by his crew on one call was the highlight of his career.
Capt. Morrison said that “it has been an honor and a privilege to serve our community for the past twenty years, and an even greater honor to serve with all his fellow firefighters.” He thanked them all, past and present, for being part of his career, and thanked his family “for putting up with 20 years of not being around and being gone on weekends…”
Video of the recognition at the Council meeting is below the gallery.