HARTFORD — Mayor Pedro Segarra has ordered city flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of retired Hartford Fire Chief John B. Stewart, 85, who passed away last night.
Mayor Segarra issued the following statement:
“I, along with the entire Hartford community receive this news with true sadness. Chief Stewart joined the Hartford Fire Department in 1952 overcoming huge racial barriers. His abilities and professionalism led to him becoming the first black captain in Hartford’s Fire Department, and the first black fire chief in New England. He was a Hartford native and his career in public service spanned 50 years, including leading Hartford’s Fire Department for 12 years and serving as Majority Leader on City Council. He remained close and involved in our community after his retirement. In his own words, he was ‘proof that Hartford represents the American Dream.’ My heart goes out to his family, his loved ones, and all those whose lives he touched. I have ordered the City’s flag to be lowered at all City buildings in honor of Chief Stewart until next Sunday, October 25th.”
By Lindsay Carey
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