has an article about a new assistant chief that came from this area:

It’s a long way from Chicago, Ill. to Murphy, Texas, but this is where Mike Orrico wanted to work and live.

“My friends settled down here,” he said. “There are many opportunities here. I settled in Murphy because of the demographics. I knew it was a place where I wanted to live and work.”

Orrico said he first applied for a position with the Murphy Fire Dept. three years ago.

“I was one of the top two candidates for the administrative captain position, but I was not hired. From that time, I kept looking for something in the Murphy area. When this position of assistant fire chief came up, I applied and was hired successfully.”

Orrico brings more than 30 years of experience working in a fire department in the Chicago-metro area. He began his career as a volunteer, part-time firefighter and emergency medical technician for 10 years, he said. The next 22 years, Orrico worked as a career firefighter. The last seven years he has spent working as a part-time member of the administrative team for [the Tri-State] fire protection district.

“I am excited to be working directly with the firefighters again,” he said. “In the administrative position I held, I wasn’t able to work directly with firefighters.”

As assistant fire chief, Orrico will have many responsibilities ranging from administrative duties, to overseeing training and the health and safety of the firefighters, to planning department operations.