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Rosenberg fire chief retires; March 23 reception set

March 20, 2017 GMT

Wade Goates, fire chief at the City of Rosenberg, retired on Feb. 24 with plans to join the Fulshear-Simonton Fire Department.

Rosenberg officials express regret at losing the chief and wish him well in his next venture. The public is invited to join city staff, elected officials, friends, and family in celebration of his career at the Rosenberg Civic Center, 3825 Texas 36 S., on March 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Goates joined the Rosenberg Volunteer Fire Department in 1992 and was hired as a full-time firefighter in 1995. Throughout the course of his career in Rosenberg, Goates received several promotions and accolades for his excellent service.

“Chief Goates was known for his commitment to public service and safety,” Senior Fire Department Administrator Barbara Smolik said. “His dedication never went unnoticed. In 2001 he received the Firefighter of the Year award and the following year in 2002 he received the American Legion’s Firefighter of the Year award.”

The City of Rosenberg also recognized the level of service that Goates provided to residents and coworkers, awarding him the Willie D. McQueen Award in 2008 for outstanding service.

Goates was promoted several times from firefighter to fire marshal, and finally to fire chief in 2012.

“I really enjoyed working for Rosenberg Fire Department and the City of Rosenberg, and the opportunities that it brought,” Goates said. “During my tenure, I was able to build and continue a career with some of the best people who truly care for the city and community. For the past 25 years, members of the Rosenberg Fire Department have been my second family and I will miss them.”