It's a long standing tradition when firefighters retire, a final ride home on board a fire truck. Wednesday was Fairhaven Deputy Chief Donn Fletchers' final day on the job, and he was welcomed at his home by fellow firefighters.

Fletchers is a 48 year veteran of the department and says he will still be around the station even after his retirement, but there's no beating being part of what he considers the best profession possible.

"I enjoyed every minute of it, worked with a great bunch of people. I worked the best job in the best profession there is and unless you're in this job you don't know what the best job is," Fletchers said.

Lieutenant Todd Correia will be taking his place as deputy chief, and has some mixed feelings about the promotion.

"It's bittersweet for me today, I'm excited to start my new job and I've been working hard for it,but I'm sad to see him go. Pretty much everything I know was taught to me by him," Correia said.

Fletchers hopes to spend more time with family, watch his grnadchildren grow up and do some traveling and fishing.