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Chatham Fire Chief Honored for 60 Years of Service at Surprise Ceremony


Chatham, VA - As local officials, family and friends gathered at Landon Worsham's fire station, the man of the hour was unaware of the occasion - a surprise several months in the making.

"We pretty well kept the secret, but I think the cat might be getting out of the bag now, " said Town Manager Edmund Giles.

Worsham was honored for his 60 years of service to the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department, with more than 50 years as Chief.

The 89-year-old still goes out to calls and leads his crew in every way. So it only seems fitting to shower him with tokens of gratitude.

"I appreciate it very, very much, " Worsham said.

For those who know Worsham best, one ceremony isn't enough to sing his praises. The young men who work under him say they've learned a lesson in commitment from this seasoned leader.

"It's not another man that I know of that's more deserving of this celebration. Hopefully, Lord willing, I can be on the department as long as he has, " said Captain Daniel Giles.

Worsham  sees the future just as he's seen the last 60 years, an opportunity to do what he loves.

"It's just a pleasure. I just like helping people and that's a good way to do it, " Worsham said.


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