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Della Rocco set to hang up his helmet

Chief retiring after decades of firefighting service to Schenectady

Schenectady City Fire Chief Michael Della Rocco will be retiring on January 29th.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Schenectady City Fire Chief Michael Della Rocco will be retiring on January 29th.
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As Schenectady Fire Chief Michael Della Rocco III changed offices over the years, one thing he always brought with him was his old firefighting helmet. It’s an old-style helmet, made of leather instead of modern composites, and sports a long brim. “They don’t make them like that really anymore,” Della Rocco said last week. Some might say the same about Della Rocco, a man who came from a firefighting family but planned to become an ...

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