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Retiring Fire Chief Scott Wodzinski, right and Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Clancy.
Retiring Fire Chief Scott Wodzinski, right and Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Clancy.

LITTLETON – Fire Chief Scott Wodzinski has announced that he will retire after 32 years of serving the Fire Department, eight as its top firefighter.

Wodzinski started his fire career very young and worked his way up the ranks. Wodzinski enhanced Littleton’s department in many ways, he said. He helped bring about 24-hour staffing, paramedic level ambulance service, along with modern apparatus and equipment to the town — not to mention, a new fire station.

Before working in Littleton, Wodzinski worked in Concord as a firefighter and remained there for 19 years.

When Wodzinski was on the call department in Littleton working full time, it was not unusual for him to come in and out of six or seven times a day and then when the Concord Fire Department needed him, he was out the door to help, Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Clancy said.

Clancy added that when the pandemic hit in 2020, Wodzinski was a 24-hour resource.

“Scott is a very high energy person,” Clancy said.

Clancy has been on the department since 2000 when he joined as a call member. At the time, Wodzinski was captain of the call department, becoming chief in 2012. Shortly after, in 2014, Clancy became deputy fire chief.

“We couldn’t have done what we did during COVID with our old building,” Clancy said. He couldn’t believe how much Wodzinski accomplished in such a short time.

“There’s no keeping up with him,” Clancy said of his colleague. “He has a tremendous work ethic and loves the fire service and is always go, go, go.”

Assistant Town Manager Joseph Laydon said it’s likely Clancy will be named interim chief when Wodzinski retires at the end of the month.

Both Clancy and Wodzinski spoke fondly of the Littleton community.

“The town has been fantastic to the Fire Department. When we need something, they step up and they approve it,” Clancy said.

Residents also show their appreciation by dropping off food and care packages to the fire station, especially during the pandemic.

“It’s the best job in the world,” Wodzinski said.

“He’s a firefighter at heart. I’m going to miss him. He’s a jerk for leaving.” Clancy joked.

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