New Laurel fire chief sworn-in

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A veteran Laurel firefighter has been chosen as that city's new fire chief. 54-year-old Greg King was sworn-in at city hall this morning by mayor Melvin Mack.

King has been with the Laurel Fire Department for 25 years. He takes over for former chief Jimmie Bunch, who retired recently amid allegations of misconduct.

King says he's looking forward to his new job.

"25 years ago, I never thought that it would be possible that I would be the fire chief, but at this moment, I am truly excited and I thank all the support, from my family and the firemen," King said.

"He's a hard worker and he's friendly," said mayor Mack. "He's fair and above-board and I think that's one of the reasons he was chosen as fire chief," Mack said.

Three other Laurel firefighters were also promoted today. Darrell Moody was sworn-in as interim lieutenant, Tommy Ferguson was named interim captain and Billy Caldwell is now a battalion chief.

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