Chattanooga Senior Firefighter Randy Stargin Jr. Retires After 25 Years of Service


After 25 years of service, Senior Firefighter Randy Stargin Jr. has retired from the Chattanooga Fire Department, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and community impact.

Stargin, a member of Engine 15 Blue Shift, was not only committed to his firefighting duties but also to mentoring his fellow firefighters.

Reflecting on his service, Stargin said, “I just wanted to come to work each day, get the job done, and do it well. I was extremely proud to work in the fire service and provide assistance to citizens.”

Stargin’s legacy extends beyond the firehouse as he continues to be an active member of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABPF). The local chapter, affectionately known as the “Brothers United,” spearheads initiatives throughout Chattanooga to enhance emergency preparedness in households.

Established in 1972, Brothers United is made up of current and retired Black firefighters who are dedicated to “training, community outreach, and advocacy.” Stargin’s contributions to the community have not gone unnoticed. He was honored with a Chattanooga NAACP Ruby Hurley Image Award and recognized as the Ralph Cothran Civil Service Officer of the Year in 2017.