The CFD held a party in Harwell’s honor at the Calhoun Depot with cake, cookies, and the ultimate retirement present—a rocking chair. Harwell is looking forward to his retirement and doing some activities that have taken a backburner in the past.
“The whole town seemed to know I was retiring; I’m 62 and I have 27 years in,” said Harwell. “I plan to help my wife and paint a little bit.”
While Harwell was overjoyed, he appeared to hold back his emotions during a speech to his co-workers, friends and the community.
“It’s been fun; I will miss the guys,” said Harwell. “These 27 years have flown by like a jet; I think as you get older they keep going faster.”
Even though Harwell had his share of fun with his fellow firefighters, he said when it came down to fighting fires it was all seriousness.
“We cut up a lot at the station, but when we were out, it was all business; we never left anyone behind,” said Harwell. “It was good hard work at fires; it’s been a joy.”
The CFD Chief Lenny Nesbitt said that Harwell was one of the best.
“I worked with Sam since his first day; Sam’s been a really unique individual,” said Nesbitt. “He has a big heart, and would do anything for anybody.”
Nesbitt added, “He always put that forth in the stations, and for the people of Calhoun.”
Deputy Chief of the CFD, Terry Mills, echoed the sentiment.
“I’ve been here 19 years, and Sam was on the shift I was on when I came to work here,” said Mills. “He’s been a wonderful asset to our department and our community.”