Windsor Locks, Connecticut Fire Chief Kenneth Jeffery Jr., 51, fell ill while on the job at the Groton submarine base fire department on December 25, and died at the Hartford Hospital December 31.
Windsor Locks FD Secretary Sarah Montemerlo said the lifelong resident had joined the department in 1972 and became chief in 1998. He has served as a lieutenant, captain and assistant chief. He was assistant fire chief at the Groton base.
The Hartford Courant Newspaper reported in his high school yearbook, Jeffery wrote that he wanted one day to be chief of the Windsor Locks Fire Department. At 16 he joined what was then called the civil defense fire department in Windsor Locks, and at 20 became a regular member of the department he loved.
Jeffery leaves behind his wife Kathy and son Tim, 19.
Calling hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. January 2 at the Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road in Enfield.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, January 3 at St. Mary's Church, 42 Spring St. in Windsor. Burial with full firefighter honors will be at St. Mary's Cemetery.
The department does not want attending firefighters to bring apparatus. Transportation for firefighters will be from the Windsor Locks High School at 58 South Elm Street.
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