A tearful farewell for a deputy fire chief at the Rochester Fire Department

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After nearly 32 years on the job, Chuck Stadler is retiring. A steady stream of firefighters stopped by the headquarters on Monday to congratulate Stadler on a job well done. Stadler said it’s a brother and sisterhood like no other. 

“I worked with them for a long time.  They’re good people.  There’s no other organization like the fire department.  They’re a special group of people and I’m going to miss them,” said Stadler. 

Stadler joined the Rochester Fire Department after a stint with the Rochester Protectives, a volunteer firefighter assistance program, 35 years ago. 

Stadler said he’s kicking off retirement with a three week vacation. 

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