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Battalion Chief Eric Lofgren steps away after more than 33 years with the department

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM FIRE - Eric LofgrenGresham Fire Department's longest tenured member has retired after more than 33 years of service.

Battalion Chief Eric Lofgren announced his retirement Sunday, May 24.

Lofgren began his career with Gresham Fire in 1986 after working for the Hermiston Fire Department for 18 months. He worked as a firefighter, lieutenant and captain before being promoted to battalion chief in 2005.

He led a number of specialty teams while with Gresham, including the Urban Search and Rescue Team, Technical Rescue Team, and Regional Hazardous Materials Team. In late 2017, Lofgren supervised a task force of fire personnel from Multnomah County that helped fight the devastating fires that tore through California. That task force was credited with saving multiple, multi-million dollar homes from the fires. Most recently, Lofgren has been serving as the department's training and safety chief.

Because of COVID-19, a retirement ceremony will be held at a later date.

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