Mayor Andy Moore and members of the Smithfield Town Council recently honored retired Fire Captain Steve Sasser for his service to the town. Sasser retired Jan. 31, 2021 with 21 years of full-time service and two years of volunteer service with the Smithfield Fire Department. Prior to going to work with the Smithfield Fire Department, Steve worked with the NC Department of Corrections.
At the Smithfield fire station, Steve rose through the ranks beginning as a fire engineer and ultimately to fire captain.
In a proclamation from the Town Council, and read by Mayor Moore, town leaders said Captain Sasser served with professionalism, dedication and service to the citizens of Smithfield.
Fire Chief John Blanton told Johnston County Report, “Steve will be missed by all members, as his dedication and hard work ethic have helped mold many young firefighters. Through his leadership he has helped prepare the next generation of fire officers to become successful leaders. I will miss his gentle smile and strong leadership skills not only on the scene of stressful calls but around the station tending to daily duties. Steve has proven many times through his dedication and sacrifices to this community and the citizens of Smithfield of his commitment to serve faithfully.”
Town Councilman Travis Scott is also a volunteer Fire Lieutenant. “Captain Sasser has always led by example and was more than willing to help anyone with a need. The countless hours of training and dedication he committed to the citizens of Smithfield is invaluable. Captain Sasser always worked for the better good of the whole, not what is best for him. Smithfield is truly a better place because of him. He will be missed by all.”