Providence fire chief to step down

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One of the capital city's longest serving officials has announced he's stepping down.

Providence Fire chief George Farrell, who has been with the department for 30 years, says he's retiring to focus on his health and to spend more time with his family.

Farrell has been fighting leukemia for three-and-a-half years. In a 2008 interview with the Providence Journal he said he believes on-the-job exposure to hazardous chemicals made him sick.

Farrell will begin his retirement sometime in the next two months. Providence mayor Angel Taveras says a national search will be conducted to replace him.

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