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Norwalk fire chief announces his retirement

LynAnne Vucovich • Updated Nov 5, 2019 at 10:57 PM

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan announced Tuesday that fire Chief John Soisson is retiring.

Soisson’s retirement as the fire chief will go into effect March 13. The mayor made the announcement and read Soisson’s letter to city council Tuesday.

“I am making this decision due in part to the physical limitations that I’ve experienced following my stroke on June 16, 2019,” Soisson said in his letter to the mayor.

Soisson, who has been on medical leave since June 17, has worked for the fire department for 27 years. He has been the chief since 2013. Capt. Rick Perry has been the acting chief while Soisson recovers.

Soisson said it has been an honor to serve the citizens of Norwalk for 27 years. He said he appreciated the support from administration during his six years serving as fire chief.

“I just want to add how much we appreciate Chief Soisson’s many years of service,” said Ellen Heinz, safety-service director. “His dedication to the city and his passion for bringing that team forward and leading them into the future.”

Council president Stephen Euton said the retirement notice comes with mixed emotions and sadness.

“I think he did a great job with a significant amount of pressure and stress going through the building process and the new building and creating something that will last in this community for a long time to come,” Euton said. 

Euton said he was glad Soisson was able to retire and spend time with his family. 

“A thank-you is not big enough for the dedication and work and sacrifice that he made for the citizens of Norwalk,” Euton said. 

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