Negron had been fire chief a little more than five years and joined the department in 1999 after four years as a volunteer. He is retiring to spend time with his family as he battles multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in 2005, according to the release.
Before firefighting, Negron served 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Negron will continue to work with the city as a consultant, city manager Bill Prokop said.
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"I love firefighting, and I love our brotherhood of firefighters," Negron said in a news release. "This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right decision. I will continue to support the city of Beaufort and the fire department because there is so much happening, so much good stuff to make Beaufort a better and safer community."
Negron's retirement comes as Beaufort nears completion of a new Ribaut Road fire station to replace an aging building on Mossy Oaks Road.
Among the chief's accomplishments, according to the release, are his working with the town of Port Royal to centralize the department, improving fire insurance ratings for Port Royal and Beaufort and streamlining operations.
"He has raised the bar for what we all expect in a fire chief," Port Royal Mayor Sam Murray said in a release.
Negron was named Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for Beaufort in 1998 and Career Firefighter of the Year in 2006. In 2003, he earned the Firehouse Magazine Medal for Valor and Courage and the U.S. Congressional Fire Service Institute Award for Dedication and Valor.
A native of Puerto Rico, Negron joined the Marines in 1987. He served during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and involvement in Somalia and Bosnia. He was honorably discharged after being injured during a training exercise.
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- Negron named interim Beaufort fire chief, April 10, 2009