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Pawtucket Thanks Fire Chief Sisson for Service to Community

February 22, 2022                                                                                                


Pawtucket Thanks Fire Chief Sisson for Service to Community 

Chief William J. Sisson set to retire this week 


PAWTUCKET – The City of Pawtucket has announced that Chief William J. Sisson will be retiring as of February 25th, 2022 following a 35-year career with the department. 


Joining the Department January 13, 1987, Sisson has held the position of Chief for 12 years since 2010 following the retirement of Chief Timothy McLaughlin. During his time with the Pawtucket Fire Department, Sisson continued to protect the residents and visitors of the city of Pawtucket and lead the firefighters of the Department.  


“I want to thank Bill Sisson for his service and years of dedication to our community,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “We as a community thank Bill and his family for the years he served with the department and countless hours spent responding to calls and putting the health and safety of Pawtucket over all else. He has been an integral part of our team here in Pawtucket for a number of years, and I wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.” 


“I have had the honor to work with Bill in my position as both Police Chief and Acting Public Safety Director and want to thank him for everything he has done for Pawtucket,” said Acting Public Safety Director Chief Tina Goncalves. “With him leaving this week, on behalf of the Pawtucket Public Safety team, we want to let him know that we appreciate all of his commitment to Pawtucket and wish him luck in retirement.” 


As Chief, Sisson oversaw numerous recruitment and hiring cycles for new Pawtucket firefighters, the launch of a combined dispatch center, COVID-19 vaccination response, safe station implementation, coordination of events, and managed numerous large-scale fires that spanned across city boundaries including the mill fire in March of 2020 in Pawtucket and Central Falls which required over 60 engines and ladders to extinguish.  


Pawtucket Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Murray will be taking on the role of Acting Fire Chief following Sisson’s retirement on the 25th of this month.  





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