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4:26 am on Friday June 27, 2008

Fire chief has his last day

Today, Charleston Fire Chief Rusty Thomas is leaving firefighting after 32 years of service. The 50-year-old's departure comes after receiving much criticism for the Sofa Super Store fire that led to the deaths of nine firemen, the largest number of...
10:44 pm on Monday June 2, 2008

Mayor decried for canceling meeting on firefighters

Tensions between a Charleston City Councilman and Mayor Joe Riley flared over a meeting held to discuss controversial personnel shifts announced by outgoing Fire Chief Rusty Thomas. Councilman Jimmy Gallant resigned as Public Safety Committee...
2:01 pm on Wednesday May 14, 2008

Charleston fire chief to retire in June

Rusty Thomas, who has served as head of the Charleston Fire Department since 1992, announced his retirement Wednesday. Thomas will serve until June 27, according to a resignation letter he presented to Mayor Joe Riley. The Post and Courier reports:...