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Sugar Grove assistant fire chief Wayne Parsons with his wife Kathy his side walks inroom full applause during surprise 40th

Sugar Grove assistant fire chief Wayne Parsons, with his wife, Kathy, at his side, walks into a room full of applause during a surprise 40th anniversary party in his honor on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Parsons said Wednesday his first day with the department was January 8, 1973. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 11, 2013 7:25AM

Sugar Grove Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Parson had a big surprise Wednesday evening, but it wasn’t an out-of-control blaze. Firefighters had a surprise party for Parson at the fire station on Municipal Drive to mark his 40th year with the department. Parson was lured to the celebration by being told he needed to be at the station for a training session.

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