East Haven Fire Chief retires

- FILE - East Haven Fire Truck Engine 1 (WTNH / RJ Tattersall)

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The East Haven Fire Chief is hanging up his helmet and retiring. Friday was his last day with the department.

Douglas Jackson has been a firefighter for more than 30 years. He was Chief in East Haven for the last 12. Jackson says firefighting has changed a lot during his career. At first, they most responded to fires only; now medical calls are most of what they do.

Friends and colleagues sent the Chief off Friday. He says he’ll miss them most.

“I have an excellent crew. They’re irreplaceable. I have a great bunch of guys and girls. They’re a fantastic bunch,” said Jackson. “I am very grateful and it’s choking me up. I’m very grateful to East Haven.”

We wish him well.

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