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3 fire chiefs retire from Niagara Falls Fire Department


Thu, May 27th 2021 08:25 pm

Mayor Robert Restaino announced the retirement of three City of Niagara Falls firemen: Battalion Chief Cliff Mayes, Battalion Chief David McGovern and Chief of Fire Prevention Jeffrey Benjamin. The retirement of these men is effective Saturday, May 29. Together, these firemen account for 87 years of experience and their contributions will last for many years to come.

“The City of Niagara Falls thanks these men for their service to the community,” Restaino said. “I know that they will surely be missed by the Niagara Falls Fire Department, but wish them all the best, and congratulate them, as they begin their retirement.”

Mayes served as the line supervisor for Platoon 4 and as senior battalion chief. A press release stated, “He has held union positions for many years and his overall knowledge has been an asset that will be difficult to replace.”

McGovern served as a line supervisor for Platoon 2. The release said, “He was always very quick to assist his platoon in getting any task at hand completed. His devotion to his platoon will be greatly missed.”

Benjamin served as fire prevention captain before becoming the chief of fire prevention. The release noted, “His knowledge of building and fire codes along with his vast investigation skills has made or fire prevention office run smoothly and efficiently.”

Fire Chief Joseph Pedulla congratulated the retirees: “We wish all of them a very happy and lengthy retirement and thank them for their years of service.”

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