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Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Nichols, right, will hand over the reins to deputy fire chief Bill Johnston on Dec. 1. Nichols, who's served almost 23 years for the department, 3 1/2 as chief, announced his retirement at Thursday's fire board meeting. He said he's satisfied to be leaving the department in better shape than when he first took over.

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Siren going silent

After decades of chasing alarms, Craig Fire/Rescue chief preparing for retirement

The scene: Colorado Highway 13 southbound. The wreck: twisted metal, scattered shards of glass. The woman: critically injured, clinging to life. Chris Nichols and his Craig Fire/Rescue comrades responded to the emergency.

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