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Veteran Cape Coral firefighter retires

CREATED Nov. 28, 2013

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - One of Cape Coral's longest serving firefighters retired  this Thanksgiving.

Lieutenant James Carroll spent his final shift visiting fire stations and fellow firefighters across the city after 33 years of service.

Carroll first joined the department in November 1980 at the old Fire Station 1 on Chester Street south of Cape Coral Parkway where he rode on the tailboard of the old fire engine. “That was a lot of fun,” he said laughing.

Through his career he has been in a variety of situations, including fighting a house fire during Hurricane Charley in 2004. He moved up through the ranks in the Department serving in a variety of assignments, but found being a Lieutenant on the streets most satisfying.

Engineer Richard Rosenquist, who has been Carroll’s driver for over ten years, described him one word: calm. “He’s is a very calm officer on the fire scene,” said Rosenquist. “The first time I rode out as the fire officer, Jimmy was sat behind me on the engine. He rolled out to a house fire with an autistic child trapped inside.”

Rosenquist continued, “We got there and the fire was through the roof. Jimmy guided me and gave me pointers. She searched the house and luckily no one was inside, but he was there, prodding me, quizzing me, he was a mentor for me moving up. He has a good way of teaching.”

Firefighter Tony Menna agrees. “He has a calm demeanor and a dry sense of humor. Real genuine. He always has a different perspective on things.”