May he rest in eternal peace

Meriden fire chief found hanged in his home
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - City Fire Chief William Dunn, who led
Meriden's fire department for five years, was found hanged in his
home Thursday afternoon, the city manager said.
The 50-year-old Dunn was a lifelong resident of Meriden and
spent more than two decades in the fire department as he rose
through the ranks to take the top position, said Roger Kemp, the
city manager who appointed Dunn to his post.
Dunn had been on a 30-day sick leave from the department since
May 30. Dunn took the 30-day leave for personal reasons and was
expected to return to his job at the end of June, Kemp said.
Dunn was well-respected in the fire department and the city
government for both his technical knowledge of firefighting and his
management skills, Kemp said.
"He was the creme de la creme of department heads," he said.
City flags will fly at half staff for 30 days.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press.