Fire chief has his last day

Today, Charleston Fire Chief Rusty Thomas is leaving firefighting after 32 years of service. The 50-year-old's departure comes after receiving much criticism for the Sofa Super Store fire that led to the deaths of nine firemen, the largest number of firefighters killed on duty since 9/11.

Keep an eye on stories connected to the fire at the Sofa Super Store at our topic page. Ronald "Ronnie'' Classen, a 37-year veteran of Charleston's force, will serve as interim chief until a new fire chief can be hired.

Thomas has said he wants to remain active in the Charleston community, but he hasn't yet figured out exactly how.

The Post and Courier offers a thorough and lengthy write-up of Thomas and his last day, pahoto gallery of his last day, and a video of Thomas talking about his last day and his plans for the future.

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