Firefighters shared stories, traded friendly barbs and fought back tears at a retirement party for Lodi Fire Chief Kevin Donnelly on Thursday morning. Coworkers gathered to wish Donnelly luck, offer a going-away present and thank him for his two decades of service with the department. A gathering of about 20 firefighters, administrators and battalion chiefs sat in a circle around Donnelly for the brief ceremony. Flashing a wide smile, Donnelly joked that the assembly had something more sinister in store for him than just thank-yous.
"Is this a roast?" Donnelly asked, referring to an event where a person is the subject of insults and outlandish stories.