Raynham Fire Chief retires after nearly 50 years of service

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RAYNHAM, Mass. (WLNE) – After 49 years of service to the town of Raynham, Fire Chief James Januse is retiring.

Januse joined the Raynham Fire Department in 1970, rising through the ranks to be promoted to Chief of the department in 2008.

For the Januses, firefighting has long been a family affair. Januse’s father Theodore served as the department’s first full-time chief, and his some James W. Januse is currently a firefighter and paramedic with the department.

“The Raynham Fire Department has been a tremendous part of my life and my family’s for many, many years,” said Januse. “I was honored to follow in the footsteps of my father and now to see my son working on the department makes me incredibly proud. The Raynham Fire Department is in our family’s blood.”

A celebration of Januse’s career was held at Raynham Fire Station Friday. Firefighters and town officials paid their respects to the Chief.

 In a final salute to Januse’s career, fire chiefs from across the region rode through the department’s parking lot, flashing their lights as a sign of respect.

Deputy Chief Bryan LaCivita will take over as Chief of the department beginning July 1.

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