After 29 years with the Fire Department Chief Gerry Brown leaves a message to his fellow fire fighters.
"Your heart tells you the right thing to do make you decision based on that."
A characteristic favorable to firefighters since making a decision could cost or save a life.
"The leadership we've had with the Chief, all the progress we've made since his position" says Bowling Green Fire Fighter David Stiffey.
And, officers say the Bowling Green Police Department has also made great strides since their chief took over.
"What I'll miss most about Chief Waltrip is the opportunities he's provided -- provided good advice, encouraged people to be creative, to go forward with ideas" says John Stewart who has worked under Waltrip for years. Those leadership skills are imperative for officers when making judgment calls.
"You have to continually look inward to see how you can improve personally before you look at other people around you." Waltrip's success is contributed to how well he bonded with staff members.
Brown and Waltrip both say public service will always comes first.
Both men spent almost 30 years saving lives ... they will now .. start living theirs.
"Hopefully do some more traveling, drop by families homes unexpectedly" and of course, spend time with his wife, Judy Brown.
"I'm 52, see what else is out there for me." (Waltrip)