Local firefighter retiring after 34 years on the job

Ken Gibler, a firefighter with Fire District 1, is retiring after 34 years of service.

A native of Edmonds, Gibler grew up going to the fire station with his father, who was a volunteer with Fire District 1. Ken’s younger brother was a battalion chief with Fire District 1 when Ken signed on in 1977.

Gibler said he will miss the camaraderie of the fire service. “I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work with such dedicated, compassionate and highly trained professionals,” he said.

Throughout most of his career at Fire District 1, Gibler also served as a Navy Reserve officer. His deployments supported operations in Bosnia, Greece, Micronesia, South Africa and the Middle East. Shortly after the 9-11 attacks, Gibler was deployed for two years with the Crisis ActionTeam of the Pacific Command.

Gibler said he plans to begin his retirement with a move to Arizona, but expects to return to Snohomish County frequently to visit family and friends.

A retirement ceremony was held Monday at the Martha Lake station.

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