Services have been scheduled Thursday for James D. Roberts, a retired Shawnee fire chief who died Friday in a traffic accident in Midwest City.

Roberts, 60, of Shawnee, started working at the Shawnee Fire Department in March 1980. He worked his way up in rank and then served seven years of his fire service career as the city's fire chief. He also served in emergency management and human resources before retiring from the city in August 2001 and then continuing his military career.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Shawnee Expo Center, 1700 W. Independence.

Visitation is available at Walker Funeral Home, where a Shawnee firefighter is posted during visitation hours.

Current Shawnee Fire Chief Dru Tischer said Roberts was the fire chief who hired him early on in his career. Tischer credits Roberts for being a “progressive” fire chief responsible for many advancements.

“The progress our department made while he was chief is remarkable,” Tischer said. “I had a tremendous amount of respect for James and what he did...he was just an all-around good guy — a good chief.”