He started his career in emergency response as a 14-year-old. This weekend, more than 35 years later, Crestwood resident Mark Gardner marks the end of 2011 with his retirement from the South Oldham Fire Department.
Gardner, who most recently served as deputy chief of SOFD, retired Dec. 31.
In his many years in the fire service, Gardner has also served as a training officer and as an EMT.
Gardner said he was 14 when he and his best friend, Jeff Tanselle, walked into the Pewee Valley fire station and signed on as junior firefighters.