Two Airport Firefighters Retired This Week


Two of our members reached the pinnacle of their careers this week, representing a combined 48 years of experience. They are the 6th and 7th retirements in the last 16 months, and bring us to 10 members (out of 21) that have either retired or transferred in just under two years!

Mitch Flagg retires following 29 years of service as a Rochester Airport Firefighter. Mitch has been our go-to guy for EMS supplies and CPR training for the majority of his career, and has been a constant presence on Group 2 for the better part of 20 years. He previously served as a Firefighter in the U.S. Air Force, and followed in his Grandfather's footsteps when he was hired by Monroe County.

Tim Hyland retires after 19 years as an Airport Firefighter at ROC. He has been a steadfast supporter of this union, participating in numerous events and helping behind the scenes with contacts and information on any number of topics. His meticulous nature has been an asset more times than we can count. Tim has also been a reliable member of the Airport Firefighters Honor Guard that will be tough to replace.

We wish both men the very best for their futures, and hope they enjoy long, healthy retirements! Below are the retirement announcements sent over the airwaves by the Fire Dispatchers, continuing a tradition that goes back as long as anyone can remember.