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Fire Chief Peter O’Neill calls it a career after 44 years

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--After 44 years of protecting the city, Grand Forks Fire Chief, Peter O'Neill is calling it a career.

On Friday, a retirement ceremony was held for O'Neill at the Grand Forks Public Safety Center.

Hundreds of friends, family, and other first responders showed up to wish the chief farewell.

In his time as Chief, O'Neill helped expand the department to 5 stations and also oversaw remodelling of two others.

He was inducted into the North Dakota firefighters hall of fame in 2017.

On Friday, a number of different agencies showered O'Neill with retirement gifts and praises.  

“Well I'm humbled. I am humbled beyond words, but it's never been about me, it's been about we. I have accomplished nothing single-handedly. Everything that we have accomplished has been as a team,” said Chief Peter O’Neill.

Chief O'Neill plans to spend more time with his family in his retirement. The city expects to appoint a new chief by April.