LOS ANGELES "It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Los Angeles
County, alongside the most unselfish, caring and courageous men and women of
the department," said Freeman, who sent a letter to members of the county
Board of Supervisors announcing his intentions. "There were many challenges,
but meeting them brought a great deal of satisfaction.
"It has truly been an opportunity of a lifetime, and now I am looking
forward to spending more time with family and on personal pursuits," he said.
Freeman was hired as the department's eighth fire chief in 1989, and he
is the agency's second-longest-serving chief since Spence Turner, who served
for 27 years from 1925-52, according to the department.