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      CFD Deputy Chief Finley retires after 33 years

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      {}CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston Fire Department officials announced Friday that Deputy Chief William Franklin Finley Jr. will be retiring after 33 years of service.According to the release, Finley will hang up his boots on June 30.Deputy Chief Finley started is firefighting career in 1980 at Station 2 downtown. He was promoted to Assistant Engineer and then Engineer just two years later, relocating to West Ashley. He made Captain in 1986 and was assigned to Station 7 on James Island and later to Station 8 on Huger Street. In 2003, Finley was promoted to Battalion Chief serving in Battalion 4 covering West Ashley and later in Battalion 3 serving the peninsula of Charleston. He was selected and promoted to Deputy Chief of Administration in 2008."On behalf of the Charleston Fire Department, I thank Deputy Chief Finley for his years of service to our city," said Fire Chief Karen Brack. "He has been a valued member of our team, and we are grateful for his commitment, professionalism, and dedication to the department."Chief Finley served as Interim Fire Chief in March of 2012 prior to the arrival of Chief Karen Brack. Chief Finley said he plans to spend time with his grandchildren, and be outdoors fishing, surfing, and woodworking.
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