NORMAN — Norman Fire Department’s longest tenured employee celebrated his retirement with the community this week at a city hall reception.
Dana Cramer has been serving the city as a firefighter for 35 years. He has worked all three shifts and has been working in primarily rescue training for the past three or four years.
“Dana taught me a lot, just watching him,” Norman Fire Chief James Fullingim said at the reception. “You hear about servant leaders, and a lot of people think they know what that is. Well, if you really want to know what that is, you need to look at Dana because he’s been serving people as long as he’s been here.”
Fullingim said Cramer has been involved in a lot of things in both the community and the fire department over the years.
When Cramer served as president of Oklahoma State Firefighters Association, Fullingim said he remembers reading an article Cramer wrote every month, always signing it with “be a leader.”
“Every month, I’d read that paper. I’d look at that and think, ‘You know, I guess that’s true. I guess we should all be a leader.’ So, he’s had an impact on people for a long time around here,” he said.
Cramer served on the local pension board and currently serves on the state pension board, too.
“I don’t know if people really recognize the dedication and the time and effort that takes,” Fullingim said of Cramer serving on the state board.
Cramer was also one of the original members of Oklahoma Task Force 1 and has been interested in rescue for a long time, Fullingim said. He is currently a liaison for the Public Safety Sales Tax oversight committee.
“I think he may be the only person that makes it there every time. I think he makes it there more often than I do,” Fullingim said, adding that Cramer has also served on different boards throughout the community.