CFD announces retirements

Lt. Rick Chatham; photo courtesy of Columbus Fire Dept.
Battalion Chief Dan Cleland; photo courtesy of Columbus Fire Dept.

Two Columbus firefighters with a combined sixty four years of service have announced their retirement from CFD.

Lieutenant Richard Chatham retires with 34 years of service. Hired by the city in 1985, Chatham held of the rank of Sergeant and his current rank of Lieutenant. Chatham retired on March 1st from his current assignment of Lieutenant at fire station #5.

Battalion Chief Dan Cleland was hired by the city in 1988. Throughout his career, he served as a paramedic on the department’s ambulance, Medic One, and rose through the ranks serving as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief. Cleland also served five months as the interim Chief of Fire in early 2012. His official retirement date is April 1st.