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LIT Foundation will honor Chief Shelton with endowment

BEAUMONT – Chief Pete Shelton will be honored with an endowment in his name at Lamar Institute of Technology.

The endowment signing will be at 3 p.m. on July 14 at LIT’s Multi-Purpose Center, 802 E. Lavaca.

Chief C.A. “Pete” Shelton has years of service to the community both as a first responder and as a volunteer. He is a graduate of St. Anthony High School in Beaumont, and served with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve.

Chief Shelton began his career in public service as a firefighter for the Beaumont Fire Department in 1950. He rose in the ranks to captain, district chief, deputy chief, and assistant chief, before being appointed chief in 1976. He served as chief for 20 years.

During his time as chief, he also served as interim city manager and emergency management coordinator. He is now president of the Board of Commissioners at the Port of Beaumont, a position he has held since 2001.

Chief Shelton has been a member of various professional and civic organizations, holding a number of offices. Some of his involvements include 12 years as a director of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; president, Texas Fire Chiefs Association; president, Sabine Neches Chiefs Association; various positions, Texas A&M University Fire Training School; chairman, Texas Fire Protection Advisory Board; chairman, State Farm Museum of Texas; campaign chair and president, United Way; president, American Red Cross; board of directors, Beaumont Main Street, Boys Haven, The 100 Club and Cooks 2 Doz.+ Inc.; Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board; and member, YMBL.

The public is invited to the signing. For more information, call (409) 839-2983. If you wish to donate to the Chief Pete Shelton Endowment, please click here.

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