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Plum/Oakmont

Former Plum resident to move back after retiring from Air Force

Dillon Carr
| Monday, April 16, 2018, 11:24 a.m.
Maj. John Gheesling of Wright Patterson Air Force Base (left) presents Michael Gardone a plaque at his retirement ceremony.
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Maj. John Gheesling of Wright Patterson Air Force Base (left) presents Michael Gardone a plaque at his retirement ceremony.

A former Plum resident recently retired from a career that last had him serving as fire chief at an Air Force base in Ohio.

Michael Gardone, a 1984 Plum High School graduate and former junior firefighter in the borough, joined the Air Force in 1986. He was first assigned as a firefighter for fighter and cargo carrier planes at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

“If they crashed, we responded, got the pilots out, put the fire out,” Gardone said.

He wore many hats during his 32-year career, but retired as the base's district fire chief.

At his retirement ceremony recently, Gardone received a Civilian Achievement Medal from the Air Force for rescuing a pilot after his plane crashed during a 2017 air show.

Gardone is the son of George and Kay Gardone of Monroeville.

The 52-year-old plans to travel for about a year before he moves back to the area.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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