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Saginaw Fire Marshal retires after 22 years of service

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Fire Marshal Greg Barton calls his profession rewarding and at times trying. He is retiring after 22 years of service with the city.

"Oh I've enjoyed it, it's the greatest job ever. Like I said, it's like coming to a different job every day because we just never know what we're going to find," said Barton.

As fire marshal he investigated countless fires and helped put arsonists in jail. It's not an easy job. Barton said one of his most difficult days was in 2007 when six people died in a fire, including five children.

"I would say the worst one was probably when we lost the multiple kids in the one big fire over on Michigan, that would probably be the biggest fire loss of my career," said Barton.

Barton said he will miss his fellow firefighters the most.

"The guys and gals that I worked with here, we became like a family here you know you spend so many hours here you know and we all look out for one another and just the camaraderie that's I would have to say the biggest," said Barton

His retirement leaves fire department staffing at 50 people.

"One hundred percent of the time when the alarms go off, the professional men and women of this department will respond, always have responded," said Barton.

Saginaw Mayor Greg Branch said the deputy fire marshal will take on additional duties. It's unclear if the city will fill the position. The city is considering several options, including outsourcing fire marshal services.

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