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Chicago’s Longest-Serving Firefighter Ends a 41-Year Career

Battalion Chief O’Donnell stated in 1979

Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Jimmy O’Donnell (WGN)

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CHICAGO – Chicago’s longest-serving firefighter is calling it a career after 41 years on the job.

WGN reported that Battalion Chief Jimmy O’Donnell started in 1979, and has helped save many lives along the way and witnessed many deaths.

Battalion Chief O’Donnell suffered an injury on the job that cost him an eye. He could have taken disability and retired, but chose not to.

“They are kicking me out. I’ll be 63 on Flag Day and that’s when we gotta go, so they’re firing in other words,” O’Donnell told WGN.

“I wanted to stay,” he said. “No regrets, I loved every day of it.”