By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director
When College Station Fire Chief Eric Hurt announced his upcoming retirement, we couldn’t let him slip out the door before he gave us an exit interview about his 35-year career with CSFD.
In this episode, Chief Hurt talks about the ranks he enjoyed most and least, what he considers his closest call as a firefighter, and how the fire services industry could evolve over the next 10 years.
Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his seventh year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. Hes a native of Breckenridge.
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The year was 1979.
The Pittsburgh Steelers broke my heart by beating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII, 35-31. Sugar Ray Leonard won his first world boxing title. And Tracy Austin became the youngest U.S. Open tennis champion at 16 years old — not much older than me, a fourth grader in Breckenridge, Texas.
That same year, Bart Humphreys began his career with the College Station Fire Department.
After more than 35 years of service to the citizens of College Station, Bart will retire on Friday. To put that in perspective, he served under six fire chiefs and seven mayors.
It’s hard to imagine CSFD without Bart.