Oswego Fire Department First Assistant Chief Retires

The Oswego City Fire Department announces the retirement of First Assistant Fire Chief Donald T. Dowd II.

Dowd was appointed as a firefighter on June 19, 1989, by Mayor John T. Sullivan Jr.

First Assistant Fire Chief Donald T. Dowd II
First Assistant Fire Chief Donald T. Dowd II

He rose quickly through the officer ranks and was appointed Lieutenant on June 23, 1996 and Captain on December 2, 2007.

Dowd served as a temporary Deputy Chief from February of 2010 until his appointment as First Assistant Chief on June 30, 2010.

Assistant Chief Dowd was active throughout his career in a variety of OFD specialty teams including technical rescue, confined space, dive team, fire prevention and was an active participant in swift water and ice rescue.

“Having worked with Firefighter Donald “Duck” Dowd and new recruit Firefighter Donald “Donnie” Dowd was an opportunity that rarely happens but was a special time for me and I can only imagine how special it was for a father and son to be working together on the Oswego Fire Department. I respect and appreciate all of the positive contributions that First Assistant Chief Dowd made throughout his career. He was an aggressive and knowledgeable firefighter and line officer who would be in the center of whatever incident was at hand. His advice, thoughts and friendship during my transition to chief and our tenure together as administrators during some difficult times was a welcomed asset to myself and the entire department. I sincerely wish him a most sincere congratulations on an excellent career and a long and happy retirement,” Fire Chief Jeffrey McCrobie said.

Dowd’s family includes his wife, Michelle; sons, Donald III and Benjamin; and daughter, Erin.

He is the son of Donald “Duck” and Sally Dowd.