After 25 years, well-known forester hanging up his hat

first_img After 25 years, well-known forester hanging up his hat “I grew up on the east side of the county and right near the Barbour County line,” Rodgers said. “I worked for the City of Ozark for a while and did some farm work. A friend said I might want to check in to working for the Forestry Commission. I started hanging out around there and, when a job came open, I applied.”Wayne Craft was Rodgers’ supervisor when he first went to work for the Alabama Forestry Commission.“He was a big help to me,” Rodgers said. “There was a lot to learn and he was always willing to help me along. I appreciate all he did for me.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Messenger Photo/Jaine TreadwellJeremiah “Bull’ Rodgers officially retired from the Alabama Forestry Commission Monday. Rodgers had been with the commission for 25, serving as a forestry worker, forest ranger and as specialist. As Smokey Bear, he was popular with young students and a favorite at local parades.After 25 years with the Alabama Forestry Commission, Jeremiah “Bull” Rodgers officially retired Monday.Rodgers was “roasted” at noon by those with whom he has worked and friends and family. It was a fun way to bring to a close what, Rodgers said, has been as rewarding as any career he could have imagined.Rodgers started working with the Alabama Forestry Commissioner as a forestry worker, then was promoted to forest ranger and then to specialist. Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Rodgers’ job description included fighting wild fires, conducting prescribed burns and managing timber.“I worked with people all over the county and I had a good working relationship with all of them. I respected them and they respected me. In all those 25 years, I never had a disagreement with any of them.”Pike County is made up of 643-square-miles and that’s a lot of coverage miles.“I had a good working relationship with the county’s volunteer fire departments and they were ready at any time to help us out when we needed them,” Rodgers said. “We knew we could always call on the volunteer departments in our county and from other counties around us. And, I will say this. Those volunteer fire departments would not leave us until they were sure the fire was under control. I love the volunteer fire fighters.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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It was time to be a little scared.”Wild fires and rattlesnakes were the primary dangers of the job but Rodgers said he only saw a few poisonous snakes.“The snakes were there; we just didn’t see them,” he said, with a smile.And, not many people know that Rodgers often made appearances as Smokey Bear. He took the forestry commission’s slogan “Don’t Play with Matches” to hundreds of children at schools and parades.“I enjoyed seeing the reaction of the children,” he said. “Some of them would be scared of Smokey Bear and others would come right up and hug Smokey. I was proud to be Smokey Bear. I enjoyed every part of my job for 25 years. But, I decided that was long enough. It was time to let somebody else have the opportunity that I had.”Rodgers is not ready to sit down and rock. In fact, he’s not ready to sit. He has already accepted an offer to oversee a game preserve and he’s had several other offers.“I’m just going to wait and see how I like retirement before I think about taking another fulltime job,” Rodgers said. “I’m enjoying not have anything that I have to do. I’ve got grandchildren I want to spend more time with and other members of the family. I want to see what retirement is all about.” By Secrets Revealed Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Farm tags could see change in restrictions Alabama farmers would have the option to purchase additional farm tags for trucks and tractors if legislation sponsored by Rep…. read more This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwelllast_img

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