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Hanging up his bunker gear


Purcell native Jason Benefiel is retiring from the Purcell Fire Department after 25 years of service.

Jason was born at Purcell Municipal Hospital May 1, 1974.

He attended Purcell schools and graduated from Purcell High School in 1993.

Jason attended college at East Central University and after college worked at the Brent Bruehl Memorial Golf Course when he began serving as a volunteer for Purcell Fire Department.

He would later turn firefighting into a career.

“Jason never shied away from training. With the many different levels and areas of fire training, Jason’s forte was rescue training,” said Purcell Fire Marshal Quinn Kroth.

“Jason’s vast knowledge of rescue training was an asset to the department not only for the victims he encountered but also his training to new fire recruits.

Jason is a valued member of the Purcell Fire Department and the Purcell community. We appreciate his service and dedication to the Purcell Fire Department,” Kroth concluded.

A retirement party is planned on March 28 1-3 p.m. at Station 1.


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