Mexia Fire Chief LaFoy: Satisfaction from career

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Longtime Mexia firefighter and current Fire Chief Robert LaFoy had firefighting instilled in him as a child, and he never looked back.
He spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia recently about the Department he heads and his thoughts and memories of working there.
Being around firefighters and EMTs all his life, as a kid growing up and seeing his father, Dewey LaFoy, and others he admired in that field was probably what influenced him to pursue this career.
LaFoy has been a firefighter for 26 years, the first five at Marlin, the past 21 at the Mexia Fire Department. He was promoted to fire chief in 2016 when the previous chief, Clayton Shivers, retired. Born and raised in Mexia – “and proud of it,” LaFoy noted – he describes himself as “a hometown guy.” Graduating from Mexia High School in 1991, he then attended college in Kilgore and at Navarro College South, in Mexia. He holds an Advanced Firefighter Certificate and an Intermediate EMT Certificate, both through the state of Texas.

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