FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Lt. Phil Champagne, Public Information Officer, Denver Fire Department
Sarah Moss, Mayor's Office
Denver Fire Chief Larry D. Trujillo Retires
) Denver Fire Chief Larry D. Trujillo, a 25-year veteran who worked his way through the department’s ranks to chief, has been granted an occupational disability retirement from the Fire and Police Pension Association (FPPA) of Colorado
, effective September 1, 2007.
Chief Trujillo suffered a back injury in the line-of-duty seven years ago. After surgery and numerous treatments, his condition continues to deteriorate. Upon his physician’s advice, he applied for the disability pension on June 5, 2007. The FPPA application process requires the opinion of three independent physicians. All three unanimously concurred with granting the permanent occupational disability.
The decision to retire has been an agonizing one for Chief Trujillo and his family. His high energy and passion, his concern for the City and all Denver Fire Department personnel, as well as his overall leadership will be missed.
“On behalf of the City of Denver
, I want to thank Chief Trujillo for his service and dedication to the Denver Fire Department.,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “Not only did he provide outstanding leadership to the department, but he also spent countless hours of his personal time representing Denver Fire in the community, taking public engagement to a new level. Chief Trujillo will be greatly missed and we wish him the best.”
Deputy Chief James A. Sestrich will assume the role and responsibilities as Interim Chief of the Department until a permanent appointment is made by the Mayor.
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