OSWEGO, NY â€“ At Monday nightâ€™s Common Council meeting, Oswego Fire Chief Joe Perry was recognized for his 33 years of service with the department.
He was appointed in 1977 and will retire on June 26.
Perry was promoted to lieutenant on May 24, 1998. On Nov. 11, 2000, he was promoted to captain, deputy fire chief training officer on Jan. 3, 2005 and acting fire chief.
He was named permanent chief on April 24, 2008.
â€œWe wish him all the best in his retirement,â€ Mayor Randy Bateman said as he presented the chief with the certificate of appreciation.
Perry thanked the mayor and councilors for supporting the department over the years.
â€œAlso, Iâ€™d like to say thank you for all the support from all my officers and firefighters for the last 33 plus years that Iâ€™ve been on the fire department,â€ he said. â€œThe citizens of the city donâ€™t realize what a great group of people they have in the fire department. No matter what the emergency is, whatever the circumstances, they can always depend on them.â€
â€œAnd mostly Iâ€™d like to thank the citizens. For 33 years, itâ€™s been a great job. I look forward to going to work every day,â€ he continued. â€œIâ€™m going to hopefully enjoy my retirement starting a week from Saturday.â€