Franklin Fire Engineer to Retire
Engineer Jeffery Standifer Honored for 20 Years of Service
Franklin, TN – After 20 years of service, Franklin Fire Engineer Jeffery Standifer’s final 24-hour shift will conclude at 6 a.m. on Friday, December 15. He was honored recently at a retirement reception attended by family, friends, co-workers and city officials.
Firefighting was the second career for this Dallas, Texas native, who previously worked in the computer engineering field. “The only regret I have is that I didn’t get here sooner,” said Eng. Standifer. “I would have liked to have had a longer career with the Franklin Fire Department.”
Eng. Standifer’s uncle was a captain in the Dallas Fire Department and influenced his draw to firefighting. In 1989, Eng. Standifer began volunteering for the Garland, Texas Rescue Squad, which performed technical rescues, including vehicle extrications.
Eng. Standifer credits his wife Lynn with helping him to become a firefighter. While they were still dating she loaned him money to attend the fire academy in Frisco, Texas and obtain his certification. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by the Frisco Fire Department on a part-time basis while continuing to work in computer engineering.
They relocated to Middle Tennessee in 1995 due to his wife’s job. While searching for a place to live they discovered Franklin. Eng. Standifer said, “Station 1 in downtown Franklin* was like a Norman Rockwell painting. People were outside the station with their kids. Battalion Chief Gentry Fox came out and talked to us for 45 minutes. We loved the small-town atmosphere.”
They settled in Franklin and Eng. Standifer began working for Vanderbilt Medical Center and volunteering for the Williamson County Rescue Squad. With his wife’s continued encouragement, he decided to pursue a full-time firefighting career. Eng. Standifer said he wanted to work for Franklin and that was the only department to which he applied. He was hired in 1997 by then Fire Chief Donnie Claiborne. There were only three fire stations at that time. Today there are eight.
Except for spending six months at old Station 1*, Eng. Standifer served his entire career at Station 3 in Cool Springs. An interesting fact is that when he began working at Station 3, Mallory Station Rd., where the station is located, was paved only from Franklin Rd. to the station, and became a dirt road between Seaboard Ln. and Mallory Ln.
Eng. Standifer was promoted to the rank of engineer in 2000. In 2011, he earned a Meritorious Service Award for helping to save the life of a patient who was critically injured in a motor vehicle crash. Another career highlight included being part of an educational clown troop that performed at schools and the mall in the early 2000’s.
Eng. Standifer will continue volunteering with the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency, something he’s been doing for the past 17 years, as a communications expert.
Chief Rocky Garzarek said, “Engineer Standifer has been a tremendous asset to the Franklin Fire Department over the course of 20 years. Jeff has trained many of the Engineers and Officers currently serving the community; his experiences and knowledge will continue to benefit the citizens of Franklin for many years to come. He will be greatly missed by everyone in the fire department, but we know his talents will be greatly appreciated in his continued work with the Emergency Management Agency.”
Eng. Standifer and his wife Lynn live in Franklin. They have two sons, Ryan and Chase.
*At that time Station 1 was located at 604 West Main Street in the building that currently houses the Stites & Harbison law firm.