Tuesday evening (May 2) marked a very special occasion in Fort Saskatchewan.
 
Firefighter Walter Thomas has officially retired after 70 years of serving the community.
 
Thomas started on May 1, 1947 as a firefighter in the old fire hall downtown. He then moved to dispatch and later became the historian, responsible for keeping records of all the fires and special events in the area.
 
On June 13, 2015, the city named the existing fire station in honour of Thomas, The Walter Thomas Fire Station.
 
Thomas wanted to retire with family and friends, keeping the event a low key affair. His family, firefighters and a few friends gathered for a barbeque while many, including Fire Chief James Clark shared stories.
 
The man of the evening holds the title of the longest serving firefighter in Canada.
 
He was presented with a certificate to mark his years of service.