Firefighter Rich Zufelt Retires

OSWEGO – The Oswego Fire Department proudly announces the retirement of Firefighter Richard Zufelt, following 20 years of dedicated service.

Rich was a graduate of Oswego High School and SUNY Oswego.

He is also a proud United States veteran, serving in the US Air Force and New York Air National Guard as a medic.

Firefighter Zufelt’s dedication was not limited to our country or the city of Oswego, as he volunteered with many local groups.

He was active in youth sports, coaching and volunteering for the St. Paul’s Leprechaun
league, youth soccer and Little League baseball.

Rich served as an executive board member of the Oswego Firefighters’ Association, Local #126, and could always be counted on to participate in fire department activities and community fundraising events such as St. Baldrick’s, MDA boot drive and Polar Plunge.

He was also instrumental in bringing back the Oswego Firefighters’ Charity Ball, serving as chairman.

Rich has been a fixture at the Salvation Army on the second Wednesday of every month, volunteering to serve lunches with other members of the Oswego Fire Department.

“Firefighter Zufelt was an exceptional firefighter and medic, with great compassion for those he served,” Chief Jeff McCrobie said.

As he transitioned to the role of a “senior man” over the last few years, he passed on his skillset and knowledge to the younger firefighters on the department.

“On behalf of the Oswego Fire Department and the city of Oswego, I want to congratulate Firefighter Richard Zufelt on the completion of a tremendous career in public service. Firefighters sacrifice many things throughout their careers as many family funtions are missed, as are holidays,” the chief said. “I want to thank Rich’s wife, Heidi, and children, Zach, Roxann, Ryan, and Nicole for allowing us to have him for the last 20 years. All our best on a happy and healthy retirement!”

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