'A true leader and visionary'


Courtesy of Central Mason Fire & EMS

Richard and Bonnie Knight stand in front of a Central Mason firetruck dedicated to Richard, who was fire chief from 1956 to 2011. Knight died Saturday at his Allyn home.

Richard Knight, who was fire chief for Mason County Fire District 5/Central Mason Fire & EMS for 55 years, died May 20 at his home in Allyn. He was 87.

A date for a memorial service had not been set when the Journal went to press.

Knight joined what was then Mason County Fire Protection District 5 in 1955. The next year, he was named fire chief. He retired at the end of June 2011.

"Chief Knight's dedication to the citizens and the members of Central Mason Fire & EMS will forever be remembered," CMFE stated in a Facebook post. "He was a true leader and visionary."

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