WAKEFIELD - How do you retire from literally the only job you’ve wanted for most of your 52 years on earth?May Mr. Parr enjoy his retirement as much as he's enjoyed the last half-decade.
When Wakefield native David L. Parr walks out the door of the Public Safety Building on Friday, it will officially close out a career that has spanned over 30 years along with 15 years as chief.
Parr, a 1973 graduate of Wakefield High, next week will begin a new job as a federal administrator for regional firefighting grants.
Leaving the Crescent Street station won’t be an easy task. A sometimes emotional Parr recently talked about the fires he fought, the people he’s served, the men and women he has led in a career that really started when he was just a teen.
“Being on the fire department was the only thing I ever wanted to do since I was a little kid. I’ve really lived the dream,” he candidly admitted.