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Springfield Fire Recognizes Retirement of 28-Year Department Veteran


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Longtime Springfield Fire Captain Stan Skarzynski finished a nearly three decade career with the department Friday.

For 28 years, Firefighter and Capt. Stan Skarzynski has protected the lives and property for the City of Springfield.

Friday, he called it a career.

“This career has been a marvelous opportunity to serve the people of Springfield. This is the greatest job in the world as I’m sure anybody else here in uniform will go to. It has been an honor to be able to do that and it’s been a privilege to be able to work with all these firefighters,” says Skarzynski.

Skarkzynski made his mark in virtually every area in the Springfield Fire Department, but perhaps his proudest achievement has been mentoring the latest generations of Springfield firefighters, serving as Director at the Norris Quinn Fire Training Center

“…Tremendously rewarding, to be able to see raw civilians come in here and 12 weeks later walk out of here and run into burning peoples. That’s on my business card that I teach people to run into burning buildings, is very rewarding to watch them progress through their career,” Skarkzynski adds.

Fire Comissioner Joseph Conant says his drive to protect the citizens of Springfield was unmatched

“He always brought enthusiasm. He genuinely cared about the department and he brought that to work every single day. In fact, he was a historian for the fire department, so he cared about the history. He cared about the legacy and he cared about the job tremendously,” Conant says.

Mayor Domenic Sarno declared May 3 to be Capt. Stan Skarzynski Day, saying Capt. Stan went above and beyond the call of duty.

“He also gave them important wisdom and advice on how to handle situations on or off the fire scene…the camaraderie…very well liked, very well respected,” says Sarno.

Capt. Stan says what he will miss most is all of the great people he had the honor of working with over the last 28 years.

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  • kobekhan

    And how many in the private sector still have to work until…What is it now? 67 years of age (until congress says they live to long).Then the Retirement age will rise again..

  • medic3

    Police officers, fire fighters and EMS providers are allowed to retire at the age of 55 with combined service of at least 25 years, due to the stressors of the job and the effects of the body. There is a much higher rate of strokes and heart attacks in these fields after the age of 55 due to those stressors and for every 3 years that percentage jumps tremendously. They’re allowed to retire so they can actually enjoy it. Besides, think about this before you shoot your mouth off again. Do you want a 64 year old riddled with arthritis and high blood pressure and decreasing vision at the end of a nozzle when you’re trapped in a fire? Or at the trigger end if a service revolver when you’re family has been threatened. Or to start that IV and calculate the dosage of medicine you’re about to get? There aren’t enough desk jobs to go around and well hell raises its ugly head it will be EVERY MAN on deck, including those sitting behind the desks.
    You have one of the best fire departments in the state in Springfield and its because of the training Stan insisted on. Simmer down and know your facts before you shoot off your uneducated mouth

    • kobekhan

      You said it…”They’re allowed to retire so they can actually enjoy it”….Why should the public sector be allowed this while the private sector is not?

  • medic3

    A) apparently you didn’t read the entire comment
    B) you want it, lobby for it. It’s what the PFFM did

  • kobekhan

    A) I read the entire post.
    B) Apparently you work in the public sector..So you wouldn’t understand.