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Columbia-Richland Fire Battalion Chief dies following brief illness

CRFD Battalion Chief Joseph Casey Desso
CRFD Battalion Chief Joseph Casey Desso(Columbia-Richland Fire Department)
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 5:50 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Columbia-Richland Fire Department is announced that Battalion Chief Joseph Casey Desso has died following a brief illness.

Battalion Chief Desso passed away on September 13.

Battalion Chief Desso served the City of Columbia and Richland County for 24 years.

He began his career with CRFD in 1997, rose through the ranks, and was promoted to the rank of battalion chief in 2017.

In 2016 Chief Desso was recognized, along with the members of his crew, for their work rescuing a person that was entrapped in a burning structure.

Throughout his career, Chief Desso worked to shape firefighters and future leaders of the CRFD. His dedication and service to our community will never be forgotten.

Mayor Steve Benjamin released a statement regarding fallen fire fighters:

“The City of Columbia is saddened by the loss of two dedicated firefighters, CRFD Fire Chaplain Billie Lee Bright and Battalion Chief Joseph Casey Desso, who left us within a span of just 48 hours, and had a combined total of more than 35 years in the service of preserving the safety and health of our citizens,” Benjamin said. “We know the grief felt by their families and their brothers and sisters in arms. These men represent the courage and conviction of our City’s public safety personnel, who continue to unselfishly and heroically place themselves in harm’s way, even when their service allows them proximity to the threat of the current pandemic.”

Details on final services to honor his life will be announced at a later date.

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