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County welcomes new fire warden

Fresh off the road from the West Coast, newly appointed County Fire Warden Charlie Harrison might be new to the area, but he's certainly not new to firefighting.

He has, in fact, been fighting fire since he was an Explorer Scout at the tender age of 14.

"I spent 36 years in the retirement system but I had been a volunteer before I became a paid guy," Harrison says.

Retirement didn't stick – after a three-year vacation, Harrison found himself looking for a new challenge.

"You know, there's a lot to do when you retire, but I retired at 54. I basically had been in fire my whole life so I said, I'...