Richard Jenkins has retired from the Alpine Fire Department and EMTs after 35 years of service. In his tenure he has responded to over 13,000 calls for service.
Richard and his wife, Kathy, moved their family to Alpine in 1975. He was the first EMT and Fire Captain in Alpine. In order to complete the necessary EMT training, Richard traveled 30 miles in the dead of winter to attend classes. In addition to Richard’s service to Alpine with the fire and EMT department, the Jenkins Family opened the first lumber yard and hardware store in Alpine.
Richard was also instrumental in making the dream of the having the Morning Star Baptist Church a reality. Richard was elected to the first Alpine Town Council in 1989, serving for 10 years. He then served as the Mayor of Alpine. Even though Richard is stepping down from his responsibilities with the fire and EMT department, his work is far from finished.Richard and Kathy are working as postmasters of the Alpine Post Office.
Richard continues to operate his newest business, the Black Mountain Lodge and Trailer Corral.