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Troy Fire Captain of Engine Four Retires After 23 Years of Service

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June 26, 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.

TROY, NY - Captain John Halpin of the Troy FD is retiring after 23 years of dedicated service to the taxpayers and visitors of the city of Troy.

John Halpin joined the Troy FD back on March 5, 2000 and started his career on Truck 2 out of central, which is the busiest truck company in the city of Troy. In 2004, John moved up to Truck 1 and on December 2, 2006 he was promoted to lieutenant of Truck 1 in Lansingburgh. John remained at Station 1 handling some of the city's biggest fires in the Lansingburgh and the Central Troy Communities until November 19, 2012 when he received his promotion to captain of Engine 2. John remained captain of Engine 2 until 2014 where he made his final move to Engine 4. Engine 4 is the busiest engine company in the city of Troy, handling the most significant fires throughout the city as they are centralized and able to respond to almost all box alarms. 

During his 23 years of service to the city of Troy, John has fought some of the city's largest fires, including the River Street Apartments, Morrison Avenue apartment complex fire, 492 2nd Avenue fire, and the row-house fires of 7th Avenue.

During John’s time at the Troy FD, he has created numerous friendships and is well respected from all of the firefighters in the department including the newer firefighters coming on to the job. John is a wealth of knowledge in regards to the city's history and the fire service. On June 23, 2023, Captain John Halpin enjoyed his last day on with all of his fellow firefighters and had numerous guests come to the firehouse to visit him during his last few hours of his shift. John stated that he is really going to miss the job and his fellow firefighters, and plans to enjoy his retirement with is family and take a vacation. 

Sidewinder Photography and 1st Responder News would like to wish Captain John Halpin a happy, long and healthy retirement. 

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