Effective Wednesday April 8, 2009, 29 year veteran Battalion Chief Audie Ferris retires. On April 6, 2009 a dinner was held & Firehouse #1 for Chief Ferris then companies from around the city were allowed to come say goodbye. This event also brought out some former members of the department as seen below w/ a picture of FF Brad Creasy & Ret. Lt. J.R. Patterson. ChiefFerris has been a member of the Fire Department for 29 years & brought alot of knowledge & experience to the table not only as the Battalion Chief for the Southside on A-Shift but also as the Special Operations Chief for the cities HTR team. Battalion Chief Jeff Beckner will now be taking over this postion. Chief Ferris' last official day was today April 8, 2009 and at 1900 he walked out of his office for the last time as an active member of the department. Chief Ferris will continue to be around the valley as he took a position as an assistant to the medical examiner here in Roanoke. Best of luck chief in retirment, you will be greatly missed.