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Retired Mansfield fire captain Robert Rettig, 89, was all smiles

Retired Mansfield fire captain Robert Rettig boarded a town fire truck on Tuesday afternoon with a little help.

After all, he is 89 years old.

Outside Primrose Retirement Community, the former captain, who served the city fire department from October 23, 1963 to February 5, 1988, pushed his walker aside and was ready to go when he was told said he was going for a walk.

With iPhones and cameras flashing, people waving and clapping, Rettig was off for the ride.

Surprise ride in a fire truck

The Southerncare Hospice team threw the surprise “fire party” for the retired fire captain.

Mansfield firefighters took him for a ride in what Rettig described as a much smoother ride than he had while on duty.

Residents and onlookers cheered as Rettig heard the news of the ride.

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