Story Last modified at 10:29 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Spotlight on Bill Miller
Hometown: Peters Creek
In the Spotlight because: Bill Miller retired from the Anchorage Fire Department this month after 35 years of service. He was presented with an honorary gold ax for his service, and at his retirement party on March 18, guests told many stories about his years with the fire department.
Miller came to Alaska in 1970 for a summer job and returned soon after to live in Alaska permanently. He was accepted into the Anchorage Fire Department Academy in 1977 and hired onto the force on May 2, 1977. He started as a firefighter and was promoted three times over his career to engineer, captain and chief safety officer. Miller worked at many fire stations but served as captain at Station 11 in Eagle River for the last 11 years.
Miller lives with his wife of 30 years, Wanda, and two sons. He plans to start his retirement by getting to the "honey-do" list and is looking forward to spending more time with his family.
When asked what he will miss most Miller responded, "The guys. The firefighting and the job I can leave, but I'm going to miss those guys."
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This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.