Thursday, June 17th, 2010- After 47 years of city service Batallion Chief Bob Cotton retired from the OFD. (Picured above with Fire Chief Darryl Hebert (left) and Mayor Jim Wood (right)). A nearly lifelong Oceanside resident, Chief Cotton first served in the Marine Corps before coming to the city to work for the water department in 1963. Four years later he joined the fire department where he promoted through the ranks from firefighter, engineer, and captain. For the last 26 years he served as battalion chief. He also served a brief stint as the department’s deputy chief. Chief Cotton is one of the few remaining Oceanside firefighter’s who witnessed the evolution of the department from its early, formitive days. His experience and professionalism will be missed. His retirement ceremony was held at Fire Station #7 and he was joined by his wife, children, friends, as well as several current and retired firefighters. During his speech he quipped that his next goal was to be “retired for longer than he served.” We wish you great luck on your next career, chief!