Lamons took over as fire chief in May of 2013. He has spent 38 years in the fire service, starting as a volunteer firefighter in Shawnee and then moving to full-time firefighter status. He moved through the fire service ranks over those years making the move from division chief to department chief just over one year ago.
His annual report from the Kansas retirement plan was what led Lamons, 58, to decide it was “time to enjoy the rest of life.” When he got the retirement report, Lamons said, the “numbers finally got to the point we decided it was close.” He and his wife talked it over and decided now was the time.
“I feel lucky,” Lamons said. “I have spent enough time in the fire service and I am lucky enough to come out with no major injuries. It is a difficult decision to make.”
“My biggest fear is I’m going to get bored,” he said. He is not ruling out a part-time vocation in the future.
Lamons said the department has a number of qualified leaders. “I’ll be leaving the department in good hands.” The fire district board is likely to name an acting chief before July 1 while it conducts a search for new chief.
Lamons involvement with firefighting dates back to his boyhood when he rode to fires with his father. a volunteer firefighter who worked nights at his regular job and often took fire calls during the day.