VFD names platform truck for retired Fire Chief Charles Atkins

Published 2:31 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The Vicksburg Fire Department Friday named its platform truck, Platform 1, for retired Fire Chief Charles Atkins, the city’s first African American fire chief, during a brief ceremony at the Central Fire Station.

Atkins worked at the department beginning in 1984 and was appointed fire chief in 2009, a position he served in until he retired in 2017 after 33 years of service.

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