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Updated: 08/02/2014 11:25:43AM

Fire veteran retires after 30 years

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Gregg Bala, 50, retired this week after spending three decades in various roles with Charlotte County Fire/EMS. He will be recognized at Charlotte County Commission meeting in September.

By ADAM KREGER

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In 1963, the year before Gregg Bala was born, his father and grandfather helped to start a volunteer fire department in Punta Gorda, at the site that is now Charlotte County Fire Station 5. In fact, the current station is named after his grandfather — William S. Alexander.

Bala spent time at that station as a kid, and grew up around people in the profession of fighting fires. At age 18, he attended fire school to pursue such a career himself. Two years after that — in 1984 — he was hired as a firefighter by the El Jobean Fire Department, which later became part of Charlotte County Fire/EMS.

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