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East Lyme firefighter signs off for the final time

East Lyme — East Lyme career firefighter Edward Waido greeted well-wishers at his home Wednesday just before ending his 52 years in the fire service — retiring after a 20-year career as a professional firefighter with the Flanders Fire Department.

He'd first joined as a junior firefighter in 1968.

To mark his retirement, there was a reception at the department and then he was driven by fire engine to his home in town and his daughter, Jaime Waido, a dispatcher in Hamden, announced his retirement over the air. A small group of colleagues and family members met him at home for his final sign-off.

Editor's Note: the spelling of Jaime Waido's name has been corrected in the story.

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