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Friday, April 20 News

Letters to the Editor: Thank you Fairfield!

To the Editor:

Having spent the better part of my life serving the community of Fairfield, first as a firefighter and then eventually working my way up through the ranks to fire chief, I wanted to express my feelings as I move to out of state to begin a new chapter in my life.

It has truly been an honor to serve and live in the Town of Fairfield. Although new adventures wait, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the wonderful efforts of the Fairfield emergency services. The men and women of the Fairfield Fire and Police Departments are true professionals dedicated to the safety of the citizens of Fairfield and the many people who visit town each day. Words cannot express the pleasure it has given me to watch others grow through the ranks and be recognized for their heroic efforts. However, it is not the “big events” that I will miss most; it is the day to day interactions with colleagues who are good hearted people who live to serve others. A person who dedicates their life to public service in any field is truly an unsung hero of the community.

This includes your own friends and neighbors who are not just firefighters and police officers but also your emergency dispatchers, EMT’s and paramedics, public works crews, teachers, sanitation professionals and elected officials. There are many people within each community that give fully of themselves every day for the betterment of the community at large. Having been a part of that group, I can tell you there is no better way to live life. A wise man once said that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. That is a true statement. When you are driven by the desire to help others you will be happy. I thank the citizens and officials of Fairfield for allowing me the unique opportunity to experience that type of fulfillment throughout my years as a citizen and servant. Fairfield will always be my home no matter where I reside. The love of the Fairfield community and the colleagues I have made throughout the years are a family that is irreplaceable. I wish all a happy and safe holiday.

Former Fire Chief

Richard Felner