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FDNY chief from LI retires after a career ending with deadly Bronx fire

FDNY chief from LI retires after a career ending with deadly Bronx fire
The last fire FDNY Chief of Department Thomas J. Richardson responded to was the deadliest and one of the most tragic of his 41 years on the job. Seventeen dead, including eight children. More than fi

p i pShare Tweet Email The last fire FDNY Chief of Department Thomas J.The chief of department — the FDNY’s highest-ranking uniformed officer — doesn’t go to most calls.But he went Sunday, getting there as the fifth alarm was transmitted, one of more than 200 firefighters responding to New York City's deadliest fire since 1990.He’ll bring more than four decades of firefighting to the academy as well as supervisory experience on Long Island and in New York City, including Sunday's horrific Bronx blaze.

You have to be prepared every single day, and every single night, you come to work," he said in an interview.His early career was spent in Brooklyn, the borough where he was born before moving to Deer Park at age 3.

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