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Our guests this morning are Bob Ritchie and Art Taylor of the Swansboro Fire Dept.
Bob Ritchie was born near Boston and served in the USCG and USCG Reserve, where he was first exposed to Firefighting and Law Enforcement. He became a Firefighter at the NAS South Weymouth and was then a Police Officer for 10 years in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he was assigned to the AG’s Criminal Task Force as a Detective and as a SGT in the Coastal Patrol Division.
After 20 years of federal service he took the position as the Public Safety Director for the Town of Swansboro, NC. As the PSD his main focus is developing a hybrid integration of Police, Fire, and Emergency Services under a single unified command structure.
He is a graduate of Western New England University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.A military brat, Art Taylor was born in Turkey and then quickly moved back to the US. Mostly raised in Ohio, he joined the US Navy in 1983 and trained as a Hospital Corpsman and Surgical Technologist.
Art served as a Surgical Technician Instructor and provided medical support for the US Marine Corps for 20 years. He had various jobs including Combat Service Support, Medical Intelligence, Aviation Medical Technician and Operational Planner. Art began his firefighting career as a volunteer with Swansboro Fire Department in 1999.
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