Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Rodondi of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will retire this morning, culminating a 30-year career in the fire service. A public "walk out" ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. at the fire department's headquarters on Nevada Street at Bernal Avenue.
Rodondi began his career at the San Bruno Fire Department and joined the LPFD in 1997. He served as an engineer, a captain and a battalion chief before becoming deputy fire chief in 2010, according to a release from the department.
He was noted as integral to the creation of the Captain's Academy, designing and acquiring the department's newest fire engines and overseeing the design, contractor selection and beginning of construction on Fire Station 9, according to the department.
Rodondi was sent to the East Coast with the Alameda County Incident Management Team after Hurricane Sandy to provide aid.
He and his wife, Debra, raised their three children in Pleasanton. Since their children are now grown and at college, Rodondi and his wife will be retiring to Montana.