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Stillwater Fire Chief Tom Bradley announces retirement

Tom Bradley

Stillwater's fire chief Tom Bradley retired last week.

After 36 years of service, Stillwater Fire Chief Tom Bradley announced his retirement last week, according to a Stillwater press release. 

Bradley began as a firefighter in 1984 and filled the position as Fire Chief in 2011. Some of Bradley’s achievements include improving diversity in the hiring process for the department, responding to the Murrah Building bombing and raising Stillwater’s ISO rating. 

While working for the department, Bradley held positions of lieutenant, deputy fire marshal, captain and assistant chief of administration.

“I have worked with the finest individuals in the world, in the greatest of all communities, providing the highest quality of fire and emergency services,” Bradley said in the press release. “What a great place to spend your career.”

As a lifelong resident of Stillwater, Bradley served in the US Army, Oklahoma National Guard, and Army Guard for 24 years. He also served as president for the Southwest Division of the International Fire Chief Chiefs Association.

Bradley’s last day will be Sept. 30. He and his wife, Karla, have a daughter attending Oklahoma State University. Bradley said he plans to spend his retirement traveling and visiting all of the presidential museums. 

“Tom has never been one to shine the light on himself,” said City Manager Norman McNickle. “I want to take a moment and thank him for his years of service. We’ve worked together for a long time, and I will miss having him on the team.”