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Olney retires from fire department after 30 years of service

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Fire Department recently announced the retirement of Firefighter Allyn Olney.

According to Fire Chief Michael Bucossi, Olney joined the Call Force in June 1986 and was hired to the Career Staff in October 1987, serving the citizens of Brattleboro for the past 30 years.

In a news release, Bucossi called Olney “a very special employee, a dedicated firefighter, and a role model for all.”

Olney received the “Firefighter of the Year Award” in 2004 and a “Meritorious Unit Citation” for his work as part of a group during a very difficult patient extrication at a fatal car accident in 2014.

Bucossi said Olney is known for his calm and laid-back demeanor, and that he embraced the role of “senior firefighter” by mentoring new employees and sharing his knowledge, wisdom, and history with all his co-workers.

Olney worked his final shift on Dec. 30.

His vacancy will be filled by Timothy Sikorski. Bucossi said Sikorski comes from Farmington, Conn., and is a level II certified firefighter/EMT-I. He has experience with two volunteer fire departments in Connecticut and was last employed by American Medical Response in Waterbury, Conn.

Bucossi said Sikorski began his orientation Jan. 3, and will be assigned to Platoon 1 once that is completed.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #441 (Wednesday, January 10, 2018). This story appeared on page C1.

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