After 26 successful years, Fire Chief Maltaverne announces retirement

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

After 26 years with the Rapid City Fire Department, Chief Mike Maltaverne announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31.

Maltaverne began his career with RCFD in September 1990 at the age of 21. He worked through the ranks, holding multiple positions, including Education and Informant Lieutenant, Operations Captain, and Assistant Chief of Education and Information. He was named the Rapid City Fire Chief in 2010, and Maltaverne says he is stepping away at the top of his game.

As Maltaverne approaches the end of his career with the RCFD, he says the time will serve as a reflection period, and it will be tough to leave. "I can't say enough about it not just being a job. It's been a lifestyle. I've been certainly part of something that's greater than myself. I'm part of a family here. There's camaraderie here." 

The chief will also be saying goodbye to the Rapid City community that he says has been appreciative toward the RCFD. Maltaverne's career will continues in Bozeman, Mont. where he will serve as the Deputy Fire Chief for the Bozeman Fire Department.

Maltaverne originally intended to retire in March of 2017, but he decided to take advantage of the city's early retirement incentive. READ MORE ABOUT THE INCENTIVE

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