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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham firefighters Joe Fonseca retired from the department today, March 25, after 32 years of “dedicated service” said Framingham Fire Chief Michael Dutcher.

Hired on March 6, 1989, Fonseca served as the Local 1652 Union President from 2011 to 2019.

“Joe was an outstanding firefighter, he was dedicated to his craft.  His leadership will be sorely missed but I hope nothing but joy for him as he moves onto the next chapter in his life,” said Chief Dutcher. “Tip of the leather helmet to you, Joe.”

Fonseca was appointed the department’s fire alarm operator on November 20, 2018.

As union president, he was active in many community & charitable events.

Also as union president, he negotiated new contracts for the firefighters.

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Firefighter Joe Fonseca with Chief Dutcher (left) Photo courtesy of Framingham Fire.
Firefighter Joe Fonseca with Deputy Chief John Schultz (left) Photo courtesy of Framingham Fire

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