CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- Firefighting is a family tradition for Chief Rob Price.
"My grandfather was the assistant chief here when he retired back in the 80s, and I grew up in the (Corinth) Fire Department. My earliest memories are of being down here when I was a young child in this building," Chief Price said.
After 28 years on the job, Chief Price says he's going to pursue another career path.
The most significant challenge he has faced since taking over as fire chief in 2003 is the management of a limited budget to cover all expenses, including pay for more than 40 firefighters.
Walking away will be difficult.
"Helping somone in their, the worst day they can have can be very rewarding (and) bring some sense of comfort to them. It's very rewarding," Chief Price added.
Those who work by his side say he will be missed.
"It's gonna be hard him being gone, but I think he wants to go, and I support him," Deputy Fire Chief John Wood said.
"He's part of the family. We really hate to see him leave. It's just like losing a family member, but I know he's ready to move on to other things and start another part of his life," Corinth Fire Department Training Officer Jeff Hilliard said.
Chief Price may be leaving office, but the memories of this family he plans to keep with him.