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Amsterdam fire chief calls it a career after 34 years

Amsterdam Fire Chief Richard Liberti at his Final Inspection Ceremony before his retirement from the Amsterdam Fire Department after 34 years of service at Fire Department Headquarters in the city of Amsterdam on Friday, July 25, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Amsterdam Fire Chief Richard Liberti at his Final Inspection Ceremony before his retirement from the Amsterdam Fire Department after 34 years of service at Fire Department Headquarters in the city of Amsterdam on Friday, July 25, 2014.
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Richard Liberti still remembers the first major fire he responded to as a firefighter, about 34 years ago. He was 26, and it was his first or second day on the job. At 2 a.m., he had to jump out of bed and join the other firefighters as they responded to the call. He was without much experience in dealing with major fires, but he relied on the advice of the veteran firefighters around him ...


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