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Jones after being recognized for 25 years of service last year

Jones stepping down as chief

By Michael Butler

After 26 years with the Tallassee Volunteer Fire Department, Travis Jones is stepping down. Jones has served as chief for the past seven years.

"I will turn the page and begin a new chapter in life," Jones said. "It has been my privilege to serve as a member of the Tallassee Fire Department. The greatest honor was the opportunity to serve as chief."

Jones will continue to work in Columbus at Fort Benning where he has been serving as fire captain since 2012. Jones joined the TFD back in 1993 when he was still in high school.

"I give thanks that I am able to retire upright, in good health and of my own accord," Jones added. "To the citizens we served, thank you for your support. To the brotherhood, thank you for the memories."

Jones younger brother Eric has assumed the duties of interim chief.

"I want to thank Travis Jones for his 26 years of service to the city of Tallassee," mayor Johnny Hammock said. "(He) has mentored many young men and women to help keep Tallassee and the surrounding area safe. I wish (him) well in retirement from the TFD."