St. Petersburg Bids Farewell to Fire Chief James Large After Five Decades of Dedicated Service

After an illustrious career spanning five decades, Fire Chief James Large of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue has bid farewell to his role today, marking the end of an era celebrated by family, friends, and colleagues alike.

Chief Large embarked on his journey with St. Petersburg Fire Rescue in 1974, starting as a young firefighter and steadily ascending through the ranks over the years. His leadership, dedication, and valor have been unwavering, leaving an enduring impact on both the department and the wider St. Petersburg community.

Throughout his tenure, Chief Large’s visionary leadership has transformed St. Petersburg Fire Rescue into a model of excellence and efficiency. Under his guidance, the department has pioneered innovative initiatives, prioritized rigorous training and safety protocols, and remained steadfast in its commitment to public service. As a result, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue has earned recognition as one of the nation’s most respected fire departments, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and visitors alike.

As Chief Large enters retirement, he leaves behind a legacy characterized by professionalism, compassion, and selfless service. His contributions to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and the community it serves will continue to resonate for generations to come.

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Today, a heartfelt retirement celebration was held in honor of Chief Large’s remarkable 50-year career at the St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Headquarters. The event brought together an array of attendees, including family members, friends, fellow firefighters, colleagues, and representatives from fire departments across the state. Their presence served as a testament to Chief Large’s profound impact and the profound gratitude felt by all who have had the privilege of working alongside him.

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