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Prince George's County Fire Captain Mark Arhar fights one last fire

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A retiring Prince George's County fire captain responded to what could be his last working fire Wednesday.

Acting Captain Mark Arhar and his engine crew put out a small fire in the 8500 block of James Street in Clinton Wednesday afternoon. There were no injuries, and the fire is under investigation.

Arhar says he's seen all sorts of fires and emergencies over the last 30 years.

On 9/11, he helped relieve D.C. fire crews after the attack on the Pentagon.

He adds it's fitting that he's ending his firefighting career responding to one more call.

"I've had 30 plus years in the Prince George's County Fire and EMS Department, loved every day of it. [I] started out as a 911 dispatcher and up to the rank of acting Captain. I've had a blast," he said.

Ahar says he loves his job and his co-workers, but he's retiring because he's ready for a change.

He's going to start a new career, but he says he plans to continue using the safety skills he's learned as a firefighter - maybe even as a volunteer.

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