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Assistant Brighton Fire Chief retiring after 25 years


A longtime local firefighter is retiring after 25 years of service.

Brighton Area Fire Authority Assistant Chief Matt Smith started with the City of Brighton in 1997 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1999. He then moved up to Lieutenant in 2002, Captain in 2006 and finally, Assistant Chief, in 2011.  Chief Smith, who served on the HazMat team since 2009, has received numerous decorations for his actions on emergency scenes.

A post on the authority’s Facebook page called him “a true champion of firefighter safety.”

The post also noted that outside of the fire department, Smith has been working on new technology on the future of autonomous driving.

“Matt, on behalf of all of us here at the Authority, thank you for your dedicated service to the authority and our community,”’read the post. “We truly appreciate all you have done and all the meals you have left to keep our community safe.”

A celebration for Chief Smith’s service will be held at Station 31 on Tuesday, October 4th at 4 p.m.

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