CARL RUSSO/Staff photo. With over 600 years of combined service to the Lawrence Fire Department, retired firefighters including two chiefs and one civilian dispatcher were honored at the Mutual Relief Association of the Lawrence Fire Dept.'s second annual ''Spring Thaw'' dinner last Tuesday night. Retirees gather around dispatcher, Gail Scott, second row, who has 18 years of service and two former chiefs, Peter Takvorian, front row sixth from the left, 28 years of service, four as chief and Richard Shafer, seventh from the left, 33 years of service, ten as chief for a photo during the dinner. 4/23/2013.