Longview Fire Department’s “No. 1 Driver” Steve Mauldin retires today.
“That was always the persona that came with who Steve Mauldin was,” said Fire Chief J.P. Steelman. “He was the No. 1 driver in the fire department. His retirement will leave a void. He’s a guy who’s made the most of the position he’s in as the driver of a ladder truck. He exemplifies the responsibilities of a fire driver.”
Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary said much the same. Mauldin is the No. 1 driver, Zackary said, which technically means, at the time he tested for the driver position, Mauldin had the highest score.
“It’s kind of a play on words,” the fire marshal said. “He was No. 1 during this testing process, but his performance was also No. 1. He’s just outstanding, easy going; he took care of his equipment; had great pride in the fire department. And he mentored a lot of fellow officers through the years.”
Mentoring comes natural to Mauldin. He grew up on a firetruck.
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