After 33 years of dedicated service to the Hartford Fire Department, Fire Chief Edward Casares Jr. is announcing his retirement.
Casares Jr., a Hartford native, began his career with the city fire department in 1980. He was appointed chief in 2010, making him the first Latino to hold the position.
Upon announcing his retirement, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra expressed his gratitude for Casares Jr.'s tireless service to the department.
"While we knew this announcement would someday come, it is still surreal. Chief Casares is a respected veteran among his colleagues and a constant advocate in the community. The Department has advanced dramatically under his leadership and the professionalism he brings to the job is palpable. Casares is a friend and a true supporter of the City of Hartford. I wish him all the luck in the world in his future endeavors," said Mayor Segarra in s statement.
Casares Jr.'s retirement will be effective on June 15. Assistant Chief Carlos Huertas, a 33 year veteran of the department, will serve as acting chief.