(April 29, 2013) –Mayor Pedro E. Segarra today announced the retirement of Fire Chief Edward Casares, Jr. after 33 years of dedicated, loyal and tireless service to the Hartford Fire Department. A Hartford native, Casares has been with the Fire Department since 1980 and was appointed Fire Chief in April of 2010, becoming the first Latino to hold the position. He is a member of Metro Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Chiefs and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Latin American Section.
“While we knew this announcement would someday come, it is still surreal. Chief Casares is a respected veteran among his colleagues and a constant advocate in the community. The Department has advanced dramatically under his leadership and the professionalism he brings to the job is palpable. Casares is a friend and a true supporter of the City of Hartford. I wish him all the luck in the world in his future endeavors,” stated Mayor Segarra.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the residents and visitors of the City I love so much. I owe much of my success to Hartford and in one capacity or another; I will always be its servant. I want to thank my staff, my colleagues who are like my family and the Mayor for his continued support,” said Chief Casares.
Chief Casares' retirement will be effective June 15 and Assistant Chief Carlos Huertas, also a Hartford native and 33-year veteran of the HFD, will serve as Acting Fire Chief.