By BOB SHRALUKA
A veteran member of Decatur’s volunteer firefighting force is stepping down.
Tim Ulman (photo) is leaving the force after 25 years, Mayor Dan Rickord announced at the Nov. 8 meeting of city council.
“People don’t realize how much time and effort these guys put into it,” the mayor said. “They risk their own lives. And they are so valuable that I want to give them a special ‘thank you’.”
Ulman, who owns and operates Ulman’s Carpet Cleaning & Restoration Services, held the rank of lieutenant with the department for the past 15 years.
“I’m just moving on, a new chapter in my life” he told WZBD.com. “It’s time for some younger guys to take over.”
The city department has 10 full-time firefighters, 25 paid on-call volunteers, and one fire marshal.