Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn and the Sedalia City Council recognized Sedalia Fire Chief Mike Ditzfeld and Firefighter Larry Newbill for 40 years of service at the Sedalia City Council meeting on Monday night (Feb. 3).

According to a statement read by Mayor Horn, Newbill and Ditzfeld joined the fire department within two weeks of each other 40 years ago. Both men received a standing ovation from those in attendance, which included a number of fellow firefighters.