Knoxville leaders honored a man who's served the community for more than four decades. Knoxville Deputy Fire Chief Roger Byrd retired Wednesday.

He started working for the department in 1973 as a firefighter and was promoted over the years.

Fire Chief Stan Sharp presented Byrd with a shadowbox that includes his badge and a plate noting his 40 years of service. He said Byrd is more than a right hand man; he's also a friend.

Byrd says he's already making plans for his new free time.

"You always miss the people you've worked with. We've got great people in the right places within the fire department which makes your job a whole lot easier. And I plan on fishing and doing a little traveling and as I always say, whatever else my wife tells me to do," said Byrd.

Mayor Madeline Rogero declared Wednesday "Deputy Chief Roger Byrd Day," in honor of his service to the city.