Island fire official retires after 30 years of service

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — After 30 years on the job Assistant Fire Chief Juan Loya has hung up his fire hat for good.

It was a heartfelt moment for Loya and the city at the last council meeting.

Loya accepted an award of appreciation from Mayor Bharat Patel on behalf of the City and Council for all of his hard work and dedicated service to South Padre Island.

“He’s just a great guy, and did a great service for the city,” Patel said.