NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell announces retirement

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NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell released the following statement on the retirement of New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell, who will end his service this week.

“Superintendent Tim McConnell has served the NOFD honorably for 36 years, and his dedication and drive have made New Orleans a safer place to live. For the past seven years as Chief, he has guided the New Orleans Fire Department through a historic period of transformation, focusing on fire prevention on the front-end and ensuring his firefighters are given the pay and benefits they deserve. Most recently — his leadership was critical during our response to the Hard Rock collapse. As our Incident Commander on the scene, he helped to bring the precarious cranes down in those early weeks, and later presided over the removal of the remaining victims with dignity and respect. He has been a vital asset to my public safety leadership team, and a good friend. 

“God bless you, Chief. You will be missed but not forgotten.”

The City will honor Chief McConnell with a retirement ceremony this Friday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m., when the outgoing Superintendent will take his final walk as NOFD Chief.

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