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Miller gets an impressive escort home

DUNDEE—“It was a hell of a ride!” Glen Miller wasn’t talking about the ride home on his last day of work as Yates County Emergency Management Director/Fire Coordinator. He could have been talking about the ride home, but he was actually referring to his 30-year career with Yates County.
Miller did also have a unique ride home from work. At the end of the day, unknown to Miller, fire trucks from every fire department in Yates County assembled in Penn Yan to escort him home.
People on Main Street in Penn Yan wore puzzled expressions as the trucks moved slowly down Main Street with their lights flashing.
As the trucks moved south on Route 14A, a brilliant red sunset appeared to reflect the color of the trucks. It was almost as if it had been planned as part of the trip to Dundee.
Moments after arriving at the Dundee firehouse, Miller spoke briefly. He commented on how fortunate he feels to have been able to spend his career in his home community. Miller paid tribute to the firefighters in the room, recalling the many times they had left their families to respond to fire calls.
Miller noted training sessions, fighting fires and family support has been a part of the life of nearly everyone in the room. Miller said he doesn’t think politicians realize the amount of work and training that is required in order to be a member of a fire department.
Early days were part of Miller’s comments. He recalled his dad, Roger and all of his uncles were firefighters and how important it was to them. Miller followed in their footsteps at the Dundee fire department as soon as he was old enough to join.
One of the firemen asked Miller if he was surprised by the escort home. Miller replied with a typical “salty” comment, adding, “You all know I mean that with affection.”
Recently Miller was asked why he decided to retire now. He said his predecessor, Tom Disbrow, told him he would know when it was time. Miller said Disbrow was right. It’s time.
Miller will not vanish from the local scene. He will continue to respond when called on.



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