Saturday September 19, 2020

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Over the summer The Simsbury Fire District saw two of its longest serving employees retire.

Ron Kasulaitus, Maintenance Engineer, retired after 42 years of dedicated service to the Fire District.

Kevin Kowalski, Fire Marshal, Emergency Manager and Chief of Administration for the District,  retired after 32 years full time on top of 4 additional years as a part time Deputy Fire Marshal.

Both employees, often working together, worked through the entire rebuilding of the Fire District infrastructure with all 6 Fire Stations being rebuilt, including its communications systems.

Ron spent many hours each week ensuring the Fire Stations were prepared to meet the needs of the volunteers who served out of them in addition to keeping the outside grounds in great shape reflecting the Districts commitment to compliment the aesthetic value of the neighborhood that the fire station serves.

Ron will enjoy his retirement with his wife Mary camping with their new camper and working on his Maple Syrup Sugaring hobby as well as his various woodworking projects.

  

Kevin, in his multiple hat role, was instrumental in overseeing and coordinating the town's emergency response for years which included the 2011 October Snow Storm, hurricane Sandy, and other significant storm and flooding events.  He helped to develop safety plans for The Hartford Symphony Talcott Mountain Music Festival at the Performing Art Center as well as many large public gathering events in town.  He served on the Board of Selectman's Public Safety Subcommittee and provided mandatory training in Incident Command Operations to various town departments. He also was involved in ensuring fire safety standards were met for the substaintial housing and industry growth Simsbury has seen over the years.

Kevin will enjoy his retirement traveling with his wife Bobbie, camping, boating and snowmobiling.

Kevin will continue to serve the community as an active member of The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company as Deputy Chief.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions normal retirement festivities were limited but  outside retirement "Coffee Breaks" were held to provide deserving well wishes.  

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