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Nashua thanks retiring Fire-Rescue chief

Union Leader Correspondent

March 20. 2018 11:06PM
Last week, Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess recognized Fire Chief Steven Galipeau of Nashua Fire-Rescue for his 38 years of service to the city. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent file photo)

NASHUA — Nashua Fire-Rescue Chief Steven Galipeau, who is retiring from his post with the fire department next week, is being praised for his commitment and devotion to public safety.

The mayor and Board of Aldermen last week recognized Galipeau for his 38 years of service to the community.

“We really owe him for all he has done for the city,” said Mayor Jim Donchess, who awarded Galipeau with an official key to the city.

Donchess said he would personally miss working with the city’s 13th fire chief. “He is a very dedicated city employee,” Donchess said.

Galipeau began his duties in 1980 as a local firefighter. He served in various positions throughout his tenure, including fire lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and assistant chief in 2011; he was promoted to chief in 2015.

In addition to his contributions to Nashua Fire-Rescue, the mayor credited Galipeau with helping to create the Nashua Safe Station program.

Embarking on that initiative, which has now become a model throughout the country, would not have been possible without Galipeau’s vision and perseverance, according to Donchess.

“He deserves the community’s thanks,” said Donchess.

The mayor read a formal resolution thanking Galipeau for his service.

The fire chief, who previously coached high school football at Bishop Guertin and Nashua High School South, also lent his services to the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team, the Nashua Firemen’s Relief Association and the Nashua Fire-Rescue Awards Committee.

His father, Wilfred Galipeau, also served on the city’s fire department for 25 years.

“This has been my life since I was a 20-year-old kid, and my dad before me. I have been around the Nashua Fire Department for so many years,” Galipeau said recently. “There comes a time to move on.”

Galipeau said he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and his four grandchildren, and to begin the next chapter of his life.

He acknowledged that his retirement letter was the most difficult letter he has ever written.

“We have a great fire department. We have a group of individuals on the suppression side that will move mountains for you,” he said, adding that every member of the department is professional and well-trained.

Beginning April 1, Assistant Chief Brian Rhodes will take on the role of chief. Rhodes has been with the department since 1987.

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