Now it’s time to see the world
Susan Clark PhotoCapt. Kevin Murray hangs up his gear at the Bedford Fire Department as he retires after serving the town for 25 years.
Murray worked his way up the ladder at the Bedford Fire Department, held two other jobs, and now all his labor is paying off. On Dec. 19, Murray, 55, hung up his gear at the department, and will soon be traveling around the United States and Europe.
Murray has been a firefighter for 36 years, and has served two positions simultaneously — nearly 25 years in Bedford and 26 years as a firefighter and captain at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport’s crash/fire/rescue division. Murray’s firefighting career includes the U.S. Air Force from 1976-80, the U.S. Department of Defense from 1983-89, and then at the New Boston Tracking Station. Murray joined the Bedford Fire Department in July 1989 as a firefighter and an emergency medical technician and was ranked the No. 1 candidate, he said.He was promoted to lieutenant in August 1991 and earned the rank of captain in 1996. As captain, Murray’s duties have changed over the years from training and education to operations, and then to administration, prevention and inspections.“I’ve been able to move up and do almost every position in the fire department,” he said.
Since 1995, and even though he worked two jobs, Murray found time to run an embroidery business, KTM, with more than 200 accounts. He recently sold his inventory to his nephew.
While Murray was making plans, fate stepped in and gave him something unexpected. Two years ago, he began dating his girlfriend, Judy Lavallee. Their first meeting in 2005, however, was not a happy one.
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