BATH, Maine — Stephen Hinds, Bath’s fire chief for the past 12 years and a city firefighter since 1981, will retire in April.

In a release issued Tuesday afternoon, Bath City Manager Bill Giroux said Hinds “has been a rock for this city for a long time” and will be missed.

Hinds began his career as a firefighter in Lewiston in 1976. He joined the Bath Fire Department in 1981, and after serving as a deputy chief for several years, became chief in 2002.

In February, Hinds was among several firefighters honored by the City Council for rescuing a 4-year-old boy and his father from the second story of a burning home on South Street.

Hinds did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday afternoon.