Fire Department Captain Ron Bowers Retires

Captain Ron Bowers retired from the Danbury Fire Department this month after 27 years of service.

Ron Bowers was smiling a whole lot at his retirement luncheon Friday, a barbecue visitors could smell in the New Street headquarters bay downstairs.

Bowers joined the Danbury Fire Department on July 8, 1985 after working for two years as a Bethel police officer.

"I did exactly 27 years, to the day," Bowers said. Bowers, 50, graduated in the Danbury High School class of '79.

"When he worked in Bethel, he tried to write a speeding ticket one day, but he couldn't. He didn't have the heart to be a police officer," said Kyle Houser, fire fighter. "He is an all-around nice guy."

"He's the kind of guy you don't want to see retire," said Fire Fighter Joe Kovalsky. "We've had a lot of great fire fighters retire in the last few years. Don't get me wrong. We're happy for him. He's young, he's got kids, he's happy, but we don't want to see him go."

Bowers is moving his family from their New Milford home (already sold it) to Cumming, GA., where they already bought a home. It's part of an association with pool, and Bowers said the school system is good.

"That was important for us," Bowers said.

Houser said when you're riding in a fire engine with Bowers, it's impossible to be in a bad mood. "He lifts your morale. You get to laughing. You can't be in a bad mood around him," Houser said.

Retired Fire Assistant Chief Bob Keenan, one of Bowers' former shift commanders, said, "He was nothing but a great help. I worked with him for 27 years."

maryanne doyle July 09, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Let me see... Do you put your life on the line everyday? Do you help people everyday-spring, summer, winter and fall; holidays included? Do you go to work with a smile on your face everyday because you love what you do? Well then maybe you should get to know the FD before you ignorantly pass judgement!
Wadsworth July 09, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Nearly full pay???? Perhaps we should become a little more informed before was pass judgement. After 27 years, in a job probably more dangerous than walking down a flight of stairs, Danbury Firefighters get nowhere NEAR full pay. Do a little research before you sling untrue rumors.
Hal Jordan July 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
g, are you joking? what makes you believe he had a desk job?
Lisa A Easter July 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
g-.......and if you get into a car accident (even on New Year's Eve), who will be there to pick your body out of the wreckage? If you fall down those stairs (even if it's on Christmas morning) who will be there to help the ambulance pick you up and see that you get to the hospital??? Furthermore, if you believe that FD Captain is strictly a "supervisory" position, boy are you wrong! They also are officer in command of the 100' ariel ladder truck that cuts holes in your roof when your house is on fire, and does preliminary search and rescue to find you overcome by smoke face down and might just perform lifesaving cpr on you. Hours and hours and hours go into training, many times at their own expense. Sometimes having to take vacation days to get more training! Just to keep their skills sharp, just in case you might need them one day. Not to mention all the terriorsim training. Remember after 911 and Danbury had office buildings all over the city calling in "White Powder"? Who did they call first?? I don't think you got any calls at your job to go in and clear people out to safety. You were probably one of the guys/gals in the parking lot wondering if you got exposed? I think you have a bargain! Go after the Senators and Congressmen's (State and Federal) pensions...they get a whole lot more than any Captain on the Danbury Fire Dept.. Godspeed Captain Bowers, here's to a very long and healthy retirement!
Mjh July 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
G we all understand the finacial aspect of it but its hardly fair,or more importantly right, to blame this one man who truelly did SERVE his community. Mrs Easter is right 100%. Unless your in the military, law enforcment, ems, an iron worker or effin rodeo clown do not claim your daily routine to be as dangerous or selfless as a fire captains.
Mark Langlois (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Hi G, Normally I wouldn't jump in here, but this captain, Ron Bowers, may have had a desk at the Fire Department. I don't know. I never saw him at one. The only times I met him (in 22 years, numerous occasions,) I met him at fires. Calls and fires. Also on a related subject, you may bump into a Danbury Police shift commander retirement story some day. Shift commanders have a desk. Every one of them has a desk. The same desk. When the shift changes, they take their pictures home and the next shift commander brings in his or her photographs and decorates the desk for their shift. I'm more likely to meet shift commanders on the street, doing patrol, (hint: they're trying to stop a crime by driving around in an area where one is likely to occur,) and they sometimes make that arrest. I wouldn't get hung up on the desk concept like you did with Bowers. You might be surprised at how many Danbury employees (city hall, PD, FD, Highway) have desks but you find them at their desks only in the morning. Reporters go looking for them at a job site, (Tom Hughes is at the High School this summer. Rick Palanzo is at ACE. Shawn Stillman is going on a house hunt and Jeff Preston can find him in a few seconds, because Jeff told Shawn where the latest abandoned homes are located.) Just saying.
Yamaraja July 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM
G You have no clue what you are talking about so shut your trap. Walk a mile in someone's shoes before you comment on them. Ignorant blowhard that thinks you know everything but actually know nothing....
Wadsworth July 12, 2012 at 01:07 PM
G, what you sound like is a misinformed, jealous person who is unhappy in their own life. All city employees pay into the pension fund, which is why the City hasn't had to fund it consistently. It's been self-sustaining, and the FD's pension specifically is in great shape. Just because you read something don't think that you have become an expert on the subject. Politicians seem to like to blame anyone with a pension these days for their poor lot in life, and they pick out the few examples of people earning huge amounts, such as in California. Things are not, and have never been the same here in Danbury. Additionally, all Officer positions in the FD (Lieutenant, Captain etc.) ARE supervisory positions, but that simply means that in addition to writing reports and doing paperwork in station they must also supervise while working ON THE FIREGROUND. That includes going into fires, medicals, rescues, hazardous material situations and pretty much any other type of scenario where someone might need help. Do you think you could supervise under life-threatening conditions? Are you responsible for both the public's and your employees lives everyday? It may seem easy from the outside, but that is clearly because you don't understand what these people do. Perhaps you should try it...you could always start a new career if it's something you think you can do. If not, please get your facts right before you go criticizing people and positions you know very little about.
Mark July 12, 2012 at 02:39 PM
The pensions provided for Firefighters and Police are part of the draw of that career. Are we to just dump them even though they have put in their time with the understanding they would have the pension waiting for them? Want to change it for the future hirings fine, But there is no ethical way to just up and take away something that these people have been relying on to be there. This man was not always a Captain he once was "just" another Firefighter and he worked his way up to his current position by doing his job well and improving himself which is why his income is what it is currently. Good luck in your retirement Captain, Thank you for your service!
HatCity July 13, 2012 at 01:25 PM
G,You are correct.The position of Fire Captain is a supervisory position. I'm sure if you google Fire Lieutenant it would say the same thing. But nowhere in that link that you supplied us states desk job. I'm sure supervisory at your job means getting promoted and having you own office and desk. As you may not know in our town, Fire Lieutenants ride on the engine.He is responsible for the other two. When we needed an ambulance to my house last year, a fire engine also arrived. The Fire Lieutenant was helping out his other men in making sure they did things correctly, supervising. He was the one making all of the decisions, and i'm sure if they did something wrong, he would get blamed for it. Now, the fire Captain, rides on the ONE and ONLY ladder truck in Danbury.His supervisory position is for his crew, AS WELL AS the other Fire Lieuntenants and firefighters.(para-military structure in FD and PD) At a fire,he goes in with his partner and searches for anybody that might be trapped inside, 99% of the time before the hose is ready. It's his responsibility that him and his partner, and everyone else, goes home and sees their family after their shift, hence supervisory. You might think that they drive up your taxes, but after saving my father, and getting here so quick, I gladly pay my taxes each year, which gives them a mediocre salary for Fairfield County.
HatCity July 13, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Here's a quick read for you: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harold-schaitberger/public-employee-pensions_b_1665029.html


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