WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette employee James Hedden is retiring but his legacy will live on for years to come.
On Friday, the city dedicated its new streets department storage facility to Hedden. He currently holds the title of the longest-serving employee on the city's streets department working a total of nearly 43 years.
Hedden is not the first in his family to serve the community this long. He's following in his father's footsteps, who served at the streets department for 24 years. Most of those years they served at the same time.
West Lafayette leaders dedicated the building to both Hedden's for their combined 67 years of service with the city.
“I'm overjoyed by it,” said Hedden. “I never dreamed in my lifetime that a building would be named after my father and I.”
Hedden said as the city honors his service, he's honored to have served.
“I've been dedicated back,” said Hedden. “I give back just as much as they've given to me so we have a good relationship.”
Hedden said he plans to spend time with family and focus on church ministry. The new facility will be used for storing city trucks as well as its salt machine for the winter.