Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper has notified the City of Ellsworth that he will retire on January 8, 2021 after 35 years with the Ellsworth Fire Department.

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Chief Tupper joined the Ellsworth Fire Department as a volunteer in 1985 after his brother Walter had joined the Department. He accepted a full-time career firefighter position in January, 1989. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2006 and has served as Chief since 2011.

Firefighting is a family profession, as 2 of the Chief's nephews are volunteers with the City.

Chief Tupper is married to his wife Kelley and the two of have 3 daughters, Kimberly, Jennifer and Heather, a son-in-lay Kyle and 3 grandchildren, Abigail, Sophia and Rowen.

According to his daughter Kimberly, Chief Tupper is ready to enjoy woodworking in his retirement.

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