Albuquerque fire chief to retire

Updated: 12/02/2013 5:13 PM | Created: 12/02/2013 5:12 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen has announced his retirement after 23 years with the department.

According to a letter to the department, his retirement will be effective Dec. 31. 

Chief Breen served AFD for nearly 20 years before moving into the role as chief. 

"Like most firefighters that have gone before me, the decision to retire from this honorable profession is a difficult one and challenges the fundamental nature of what makes for a dedicated firefighter," Chief Breen said. "It is with the knowledge that those that will certainly follow me, that I step aside and make room for the next generation of firefighters that will lead AFD to new heights of prosperity and greater levels of service to this community."

An interim fire chief has not yet been announced.

Photo: City of Albuquerque

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