Employees usually look to their retirement when they are in their 60s—not after having worked at the same job for 60 years! And most aren’t looking forward to an “encore career” like Lynwood “Ozzie” Osborne.
Osborne retired from the Williston, Vermont, fire department on February 4, with both the governor and mayor present to say farewell. He started fighting fires with milk cans filled with water, but his job changed over the years, evolving to where he worked part-time maintaining the trucks and doing occasional driving.
He found the town’s change from a bucolic farming community to a retail hub “very challenging,” according to an article on New England News Channel’s website NECN.com.
Ozzie still loves his job and still is thinking of others in making his decision to leave. “I just don’t want to take a chance of getting somebody hurt if I’m driving and something happens,” Osborne told NECN. “When you hit 80 years old, things can happen.”
But he doesn’t plan to stay home. He already has begun his search for another part-time job. “I just have to keep going,” he said.
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