Fire chief receives friendly send-off

The Myakka City Fire Department hosted a retirement party for former Fire Chief Bobby Dodge.

Friends, firefighters and family members attended the party Saturday at the Manatee Central Banquet Hall, State Road 64 and Ninth Street East.

Dodge retired in March. He plans to open a family business in Ocala. Dodge has been credited for getting construction started on a second fire station and for changing the volunteer fire department into one with a full-time staff.

Battalion Capt. Danny Cacchiotti assumed Dodge's role as chief on April 1.