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Mayor Brown Announces Retirement Of Deputy Fire Commissioner Patrick T. Lewis
Contact: Peter K. Cutler
Deputy Commissioner Retires After Thirty Years of Service
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the retirement of Deputy Fire Commissioner Patrick T. Lewis, who has served for the Buffalo Fire Department for more than thirty years.
“Deputy Commissioner Lewis has faithfully served the City of Buffalo for more than three decades,” said Mayor Brown. “I commend his heroism and dedication to protecting the quality of life of Buffalo residents. His service to the Buffalo commitment has been outstanding, and I wish him a very happy and well-deserved retirement.”
Deputy Commissioner Lewis began his career at Eng-3 on Spring Street, where he served for nine years. He was assigned to the Fire Investigation Unit from 1989-1992 as a Fire Investigator, and was then promoted to Lieutenant in 1992. While a Lieutenant at Ladder 5, he was awarded the Erie Count VFW Gold Medal for rescuing a woman in a Broadway Street fire in 1996. In 2006, he was promoted to Deputy Fire Commissioner.
As Deputy Commissioner, he worked with EB Jacobs and the Civil Service Division in developing an entrance exam for new Firefighters, through which 75 new recruits were hired. These recruits were the first hired since 2002. Deputy Commissioner Lewis also worked to develop a new promotional exam for all Officers ranks.
Deputy Commissioner Lewis took pride in working with Mayor Brown’s Administration, former Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo, Deputy Commissioners Garnell Smith and Garnell Whitfield, and the Command Officers, to stabilize the City of Buffalo during and following the October Surprise Storm of 2006.
Deputy Commissioner Lewis fought fires at some of the largest fires in Buffalo history, including fires at the Connecticut Street Armory and Saint Mary's Church on Broadway Street. Lewis also participated in recovery efforts for the victims of Crash of Flight 3407, February 12, 2009.
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