It was standing room only Thursday afternoon when three officers of Titusville Fire and Emergency Services were recognized for their life service to our department. It was a time of laughter and a time of tears as friends, families and co-workers came to say good-bye and express their congratulations and best wishes to Lieutenant Michael Mako, Lieutenant Rodney LeAndro, and Battalion Chief Amy Spillers.
|Lieutenant Mike Mako, retiring with 25 years of service with the department, noted that 'he would miss the comradery and fellowship'. Chief Talbert praised Mike's tenure with the department, noting that Mike's name came up time and again as the person new firefighters should strive to emulate as they move forward in their careers.|
|Along with the joyousness of the afternoon, there were moments of sadness. Chief Talbert summed up the department's feelings as he presented Lieutenant Rodney LeAndro with a shadowbox filled with commendations received over his 22 year career. "Rodney, we consider you one of our heroes. Mike and Amy were able to choose when to end their careers, but your choice was taken out of your hands because of your illness. But, you're our hero because you're facing your adversity with strength and courage."|
|Battalion Chief Amy Spillers, a retiring 25-year employee, was praised by Chief Talbert. "Amy, you were the first female firefighter in the department, the first female officer in the department and the first female battalion chief. Several years ago, you left the firefighting side and joined the office administration, ably handling our supply and logistical needs. We appreciate your talents and you will be missed."|