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Longtime emergency services director bids farewell to friends, colleagues
I-Thurmond retirement ceremony pic
Lumpkin County Fire Chief David Wimpy, left, was among hundreds of friends and colleagues congratulating Dawson County Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond on his retirement Friday. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson County News
Friends, family and colleagues gathered Friday afternoon at the headquarters of Dawson County Emergency Services to celebrate the nearly four decade career of the county's longest standing employee. Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond began his career in 1978 on staff with Dawson County Parks and Recreation before going to EMT school, receiving his paramedic certification and overseeing operations of the county's EMS division. He was named the department's director in 2001.