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After five decades of excellent public service as the head of the New York City Fire Department, FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro is set to retire on February 16, 2022.

According to reports, Nigro, 73, filed for retirement earlier this week, but he will officially retire on February 16 to give Mayor Adams sufficient time to name a replacement to lead the FDNY’s 11,000 uniformed force of firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics.

“I’ll still be around, but all good things come to an end,” Nigro said.

“Leaving is certainly not easy. It’s been such a part of my life after so many years,” Negro added.

Two of the top contenders for Nigro’s position are Terryl Brown, the department’s current deputy fire commissioner for legal affairs who would be the first woman to lead the FDNY in its 157-year history, and Robert Tucker, a former FDNY dispatcher who is now a CEO of a security firm and on the board of the FDNY Foundation.

Adams for his part wished Nigro all the best in life after his retirement.

“Dan and I have had an amazing relationship over our long careers in public service. He’s a tireless champion for New Yorkers, and a friend who I’ve leaned on time and again,” Adams said.

“New Yorkers, whether they know it or not, are all safer because of the work he’s done and owe him their thanks. Dan defines public service and will be deeply missed by me and the entire department,” Adams added.

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