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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."

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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