Updated: 12/30/2013 5:51 PM
Created: 12/30/2013 4:41 PM WHEC.com
After more than two and a half decades of service to the City, today marked the last day for Rochester Fire Chief Sam Mitrano.
Mitrano was honored at a luncheon Monday afternoon. He spent more than 26 years with the Rochester Fire Department and announced his retirement after he said he got a phone call from Mayor-elect Lovely Warren telling him he would not have a spot in the new administration.
We had a chance to speak with the outgoing chief today and asked him what he’ll miss most about the department. Mitrano said, “The men and women that I’ve worked with over the past 26 and a half years. We talk about it being a family and it really is -- right from the academy the friendships that you make and the connections that you make are lifelong. It’s fun. I see a lot of people here I came on the job with and I have worked closely with and that is going to be the hardest thing to step away from."
John Schrieber, currently a deputy chief, will take over as chief. He’s been with the fire department since 1989.