LFD station number seven pays tribute to former assistant chief

A former member of the Lafayette Fire Department was honored in a very special way.

Posted: Aug 6, 2018 10:39 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- A former member of the Lafayette Fire Department was honored in a very special way.

Former LFD Assistant Chief Rene Richardson passed away on August 1st at 86 years old.

Members of the department saluted outside station number seven as the funeral procession passed by Monday morning.

Richardson was one of the first firefighters to open the station. He was also in charge of a major portion of the department's suppression division, becoming assistant chief very early in his career.

Richardson completed more than 20 years when he retired in 1977.

LFD Firefighter Alec Gibson said it's important to honor those who served the community.

"Just because I didn't serve with him, or anybody else that I currently serve with, he still made a lasting effort, I'm sure, within the department," Gibson said. "Being an assistant chief, and just retiring and serving the community for as long as he did."

Richardson was described as a very stern, but fair leader, and he always made sure everyone was safe.

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