After serving 45 years with Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2, otherwise known as the Pflugerville Fire Department, Fire Chief Ron Moellenberg is retiring.

A Sept. 23 news release from ESD 2 stated Moellenberg's last day will be Sept. 30.

Moellenberg started as a volunteer with what was then called the Pflugerville Volunteer Fire Department before he became chief of the Pflugerville Fire Department in 1986, according to the release.

Moellenberg also served in the U.S. Army, received a bachelor's in biomedical science from Texas A&M University, and worked for the Texas Department of Health-Immunization Division, where he was responsible for the development, coordination and management of rash-fever illness surveillance and measles control in Texas.

“Chief Moellenberg has been a mentor to me and many others, he has set an impossible standard to live up to. I tremendously respect him as a professional, and I love him personally like a father. I know many people who feel the same way,” Assistant Chief Nick Perkins said in the release.

Perkins will become the new fire chief beginning Oct. 1.