FDNY Chief of Department Thomas Richardson retires after a career ending with deadly Bronx fire

FDNY Chief of Department Thomas J. Richardson’s final fire before his retirement was one of the worst, last week’s Bronx fire that killed 17 people.

Chief Richardson, 62, the FDNY’s highest-ranking uniformed officer, spent 41 years in the FDNY, helping the people of New York City, including five months at the World Trade Center recovery operation after the 9/11 terrorist attacks destroyed the buildings.

He will use his expertise after his retirement at the Suffolk fire academy in Yaphank, teaching volunteer firefighters across Suffolk County, reports Matthew Chayes for NY Newsday.

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