On Monday, August 26, the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District recognized Jeff Richnafsky for 29 years of service to the department prior to his upcoming retirement. The event included an announcement of Richnafsky’s induction as a “Life Member” of MIGCFD.

Fire Marshall Mike Nugent led the event and stated Life Members are of the highest quality and clearly worthy of the designation as a result of their service.

“I believe that Jeff deserves this recognition because of his dedication and hard work toward the advancement of the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District,” Nugent said.

Life Members are still considered part of the department and are free to come and go as they please. They can still participate in social events and MIGCFD will pay for their association dues.

The MIGCFD Fire Fighers Association also recognized Richnafsky with a large plaque that included a full-sized axe secured to the front.

Richnafsky began his career as an “explorer” in 1990 and began working as a volunteer firefighter in 1992. He began working full-time in 2004 and became a firefighter engineer in 1996. In 1998, he completed new EMT requirements and was promoted to lieutenant in 2004. Richnafsky was selected as the firefighter of the year in 2009. He was also a member of the MIGCFD Water Rescue Team.

Richnafsky is a resident of Surfside Beach.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. I never thought this day would come, but it’s pretty awesome,” Richnafsky said. “Thank you.”