Fire Chief O’Brien to retire

Fire Chief John O’Brien will retire on June 1, closing out a 35-year career with the city’s department, including nine as chief. He is a third-generation Melrose firefighter. His grandfather was a captain, and his father was one of the city’s longest-serving chiefs. O’Brien became chief in 2003, replacing the late Kevin Walsh. “I continued in a long line of chiefs to lead the outstanding professionals we have as members of the Melrose Fire Department,’’ O’Brien said in a prepared statement. “My goal was to bring the fire service into a new century with a focus on providing an array of emergency response services. I give full credit to the firefighters of the city of Melrose, the lieutenants, and my excellent captains.’’


- Kathy McCabe