Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Deputy Chief Chris Byrne Retires



By Samantha Husted

On May 31st the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department will bid farewell to longtime employee Chris Byrne. Chris started with the fire department as a firefighter in 1983 and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming Deputy Chief. Chris has dedicated himself to the citizens of Marco Island, Collier County and the State of Florida. He has held leadership roles through various task forces, such as the State Coordinator of the Collier County Hazardous Materials District Response Team, the Collier County Marine Emergency Response Team Coordinator, as well as the Commander of the Collier County Strike Team Task Force.

“For the last 33 years the City of Marco Island and its residents have been blessed by the commitment and leadership of Deputy Chief Chris Byrne,” said Fire Chief Michael Murphy. “He is one of the best leaders, professionals and

Submitted PhotoFire Chief Michael Murphy (left) and Deputy Chief Chris Byrne.

Submitted PhotoFire Chief Michael Murphy (left) and Deputy Chief Chris Byrne.

friend that I, and our fire department family have had the honor to work with. He has dedicated the majority of his life to saving lives and property and making our hometown a better place. He will be missed. Both the Fire Department and I thank him and his family, Julia and Joey, for their giving and wish him well in his retirement.”

On May 16th the Marco Island City Council recognized Chris’s many accomplishments with a proclamation declaring May 16th as “Chris Byrne Day.”

Chris’ retirement party will take place on May 27th at the Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. The party begins at 1 PM, with presentations and a ceremony at 2:30 PM.

Coastal Breeze News will provide full coverage of Deputy Chief Chris Byrne’s career and retirement in the next edition, which will be on newsstands June 10.

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