Longtime Sandy Hook Fire Chief Bill Halstead has died, according to fire department officials.
Halstead died after responding to a call on Friday. He became ill at his home and died, according to the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue.
Halstead joined the volunteer department in 1965 at the age of 16, the department said. He served as chief of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue since 1978.
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He also served as fire chief during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.