Chief retires after almost 40 years with Myrtle Beach Fire


MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – After serving the Myrtle Beach community for nearly four decades, Chief Alvin Payne retired on Monday.

A celebration at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot marked Payne’s last day on the job. He started working with the city as a teenager before becoming a firefighter.

Payne became the city’s fire chief in 2002. Despite his retirement, chances are good he’ll still be seen around town.

“I’ll always come back to visit, but you know, I do live here. I’m not going anywhere. This is my home,” Payne said.

Payne dedicated 39 years of his life to serving the department and the Myrtle Beach community.

Deputy Fire Chief Tom Gwyer, a 25-year veteran of the department, is Payne’s successor.

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