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Braintree

Fire chief retires in January

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Fire Chief Charles Foley is set to retire, telling Town Manager David Murphy in a letter that the “time has come to pass command to another.” Foley intends to end his decades-long firefighting career on Jan. 7, he wrote, clearing the way for Randolph’s first new chief since 2003. The town has already posted a job listing for the position. Foley is a highly decorated firefighter, announcing his retirement 20 years after winning the state’s highest award for firefighter bravery. In October 1993, then-Lieutenant Governor Paul Cellucci presented Foley with the Medal of Honor for helping to rescue two young boys from an intense house fire on North Main Street. A Globe report at the time said Foley delayed his honeymoon to attend the State House ceremony and said, “Without the support and professionalism of the other people in my company and my department and all of the fire service, I couldn't have done my job. We work just like the Red Sox or any other team.”

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