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Fire chief says goodbye after 30 years of service


Ciesla on retirement: 'I'm going to miss the guys'



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In this photo from the Dec. 23, 1982 Southbridge Evening News, Richard Ciesla, left, and Gus Eden hold a box of food collected by Southbridge firefighters for the Community Fund for Food’s Christmas drive. Then in his fourth year as a full-time firefighter, Ciesla subsequently rose through the ranks to become chief in 2008 and retired last weekend. (click for larger version)
January 26, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — In a move everyone knew was coming, but few knew exactly when, Fire Chief Richard Ciesla hit the road for retirement last weekend.

Literally.

When the Southbridge Evening News spoke to him Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24, he was in Oklahoma, en route to a winter home he and wife Maureen recently bought in Sun City West, Ariz.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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