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Retiring Hendersonville official named to Order of the Long Leaf Pine

On Monday night, the longtime emergency services director for Henderson County received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Emergency Services Director Rocky Hyder retires at the end of the month. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

On Monday night, the longtime emergency services director for Henderson County received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Emergency Services Director Rocky Hyder retires at the end of the month.

The county board of commissioners passed a resolution of commendation for Hyder, who's been with the county since the early '90s.

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is signed by the governor, and is one of the highest civilian honors in the state.

We asked what he and his wife plan to do after his retirement.

"We're planning on travelling for a while. There's a lot of national parks we haven't had the opportunity to see. A lot of them in the western United States. So we're going to do that for a little while," Hyder said.

The new emergency services director will be appointed by the county manager.

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