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September 19, 2018

Veteran Firefighter Retires


The city of Oswego Fire Department has announced the retirement of Deputy Chief Peter Donovan effective Jan. 4.

Donovan spent 30 years with the OFD beginning on Sept. 14, 1981.

He spent his entire career on the department’s “A” shift beginning as a Firefighter/EMT, then serving as the Captain of the shift, then becoming the Shift Commander on  April 5, 2001, taking over the shift from longtime friend and supervisor retiring Deputy Chief Richard Wart.

Retired Deputy Chief Donovan was also very active with both Firefighters Local 2707 and the Oswego Firefighters Benevolent Association serving in many capacities including the chairman of the annual Halloween Happening  where hundreds of children enjoy a fun filled Halloween observance.

He remains active as a volunteer for the Human Concerns Center.

“With the retirement of Deputy Chief Donovan comes mixed emotions. As a department we are losing a dedicated and knowledgeable shift leader who always had the best interests of the residents we serve as his top priority. He was truly an employee you could always count on.  As a friend we are all excited for Peter at the end of a great career as he is able to spend more time with his wife, Rose, and children, Patrick, Maggie, Maureen and Claire. I am also sure he will be spending some time playing golf with friends and family, as well as some quiet time with his 2 dogs. He will truly be missed by the entire department” said Fire Chief Jeffrey McCrobie.

One Response “Veteran Firefighter Retires”

  1. Michael McCauley
    January 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Congratulations to a really great Firefighter and Leader. Pete was always someone you could count on in any situation. I enjoyed a lot of interesting golf outing with Peter,especially the Syracuse Firefighter tournaments. Peter has established himself as a legacy in the OFD and was the perfect successor to D/C Rich Wart. I hope you enjoy many years of family and golf, and good health. It was my pleasure to work with you for 20 years.

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