GEORGETOWN — Deputy Chief Matt McKay and members of the Georgetown Fire Department would like to congratulate and recognize Acting Chief Chuck Savage ahead of his upcoming retirement.
Acting Chief Savage officially retires on Saturday, Dec. 31 after a more than 45-year-long career in fire service.
Acting Chief Savage joined the Georgetown Fire Department as a call firefighter in 2004 where he rose through the ranks. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006, Captain in 2019 and finally to Acting Chief in May 2021.
Prior to serving in Georgetown, he was a member of the Cold Spring Habor, N.Y. Fire Department. He joined the volunteer department in 1976, was promoted to rescue lieutenant in 1977, the same year he became an EMT, and to assistant Chief in 1981. He then served as Chief from 1987-89. He continued working there until 1999. Acting Chief Savage had the pleasure of serving alongside his father who was also a member of the department from 1938 to 2002.
“On behalf of the Georgetown Fire Department, I congratulate Chuck on a long and successful career in fire service and wish him all the best as he enters the next chapter of his life. It has been a true honor working and learning alongside him, and he should be very proud of all his hard work, dedication, and commitment to our community over the years,” Deputy Chief McKay said.
Deputy Chief McKay will succeed Acting Chief Savage as Fire Chief on Jan. 1.
“It has been an honor serving and protecting the residents of Georgetown for nearly 20 years alongside the many dedicated men and women of the Georgetown Fire Department,” Acting Chief Savage said. “I thank all the firefighters and town officials who I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my career for all of their support, guidance and professionalism over the years. I retire confident that I am leaving the department in excellent and very capable hands.”