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Another Troy Firefighter Retires After 28 Years of Service From Engine Six In South Troy

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June 02, 2023 | NEW YORK JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

Firefighter-Paramedic Jeff Reilly, after 28 years of devoted service to the residents of Troy, is retiring from the City of Troy's Fire Department.

Jeff's passion for firefighting began at the age of 10 when he received an award for rescuing a friend who was trapped in a mudslide. Displaying remarkable bravery, young Jeff pulled his friend away from the dangerous precipice of a steep hill on Linden Avenue.

Born and raised in South Troy, Jeff embarked on his firefighting career on July 24, 1994, starting at Engine 5 at headquarters before later transitioning to Truck 2. In 1996, Jeff found his permanent home at Engine 6 in South Troy, and he grew to love his firehouse dearly.

Jeff fondly reminisced about the days when neighborhood kids would sneak into the firehouse to drink from what was renowned as the coldest water fountain in the entire City of Troy. He delighted in sharing stories of camaraderie, pranks, training experiences, and the unforgettable moments on the scene with his fellow firefighters, his brothers.

Throughout his 28-year career, Jeff courageously battled some of Troy's most significant fires, including the 117th Street Row House Fire, Hills Stationary Fire, and the Washington Pork Store Fire. However, his most memorable fire was his very first in Lansingburgh, where, in the midst of the chaos, he accidentally struck his officer on the nose with his helmet after removing a window. The entire crew burst into laughter, creating an enduring memory. Jeff held a deep affection for the Troy Fire Department and cherished the bond he shared with his fellow firefighters.

On his last day, the firehouse in South Troy was bustling with activity as countless individuals came to bid farewell to Jeff. The air was filled with old tales of fires and historical moments from the fire service, creating a nostalgic atmosphere. Following his retirement, Jeff plans to focus on home improvement projects, spend quality time with his family, and indulge in his passion for working on motorcycles. Jeff's son, Thane, followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Troy Fire Department where he is now a Lieutenant.

Sidewinder Photography and 1st Responder News extend heartfelt wishes to Jeff for a joyous, healthy, and fulfilling retirement.

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