Bronson fire chief quits

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By Claude Lewis

BRONSON - These are tumultuous times for Bronson Town government.

Not only has Town Clerk Donna Conquest resigned, but now Fire Chief Rick Lombardo has also decided to call it quits.

"That's it," admitted Lombardo, who was just reelected to his second term as chief of the 12-man force in August. "I'm getting out of it completely. It's impossible to serve where they don't respect you."

Assistant Fire Chief Dave Reinstra said Tuesday that Lombardo told him he was stepping down last Thursday, Sept. 11.

"He turned in all his stuff to me," said Reinstra, who is now acting chief. "We'll have elections next month (Oct. 13)."

Lombardo is an 11-year veteran of fighting fires. He started out in Fowlers Bluff and moved on to Cedar Key before coming to the Bronson volunteer force two years ago. He was elected chief in Bronson in August of 2007.

"People don't understand, it is in your blood," Lombardo said. "You do it to help your fellow man."

Lombardo said it will be tough getting out of it.

"I made a promise to my family," he said. "I'll find something to do with my spare time."

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