Retiring Deputy Fire Chief Mark Embrey, second-in-command at the Beverly Hills Fire Department, was honored by City Council Tuesday for his 29 years of service to the community.
"It's been an honor and a privilege having had Deputy Chief Mark Embrey as a representative of our city and we thank him for all the years—29 years—he has served here," Mayor William Brien said.
Fire Chief Tim Scranton said it was difficult to say goodbye to Embrey, someone he has worked with closely over the past five years.
"He's a man of humility, integrity, honesty, truthfulness," he said. "Just an absolute gentleman and terrific representative for the city and fire department."
Scranton also thanked Embrey's wife, Jeri, for supporting the outgoing deputy chief during his nearly three decades of service.
Embrey started out as a Beverly Hills firefighter in 1983 and has held the positions of fire inspector, fire captain and battalion chief. He was hired as the deputy fire chief in 2007. Embrey has also volunteered his time as a member of the Maple Counseling Center's Board of Directors.
"This really is a humbling experience for me. I've just come to work the past 29 years and done my job," Embrey said. "Beverly Hills has just been an incredible place to work. The community has been wonderful to us—so supportive and appreciative of our work. You couldn't ask for anything better."
Battalion Chief Ralph Mundell has been promoted to deputy fire chief to fill the position Embrey is vacating.