Kevin E. Cooney
South Windsor Fire Department
Chief Kevin E. Cooney is a 39-year member of the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department; an all-volunteer, 120-member organization. He started his fire service career following in his Dad’s footsteps and rose through the ranks, and has been serving as Fire Chief since 2012. He is thus starting his 11th year as Chief of the Department.
In addition to serving with the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, Kevin just retired after a 25-year career as Fire Officer with the Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS Department / IAFF Local 1579.
Chief Cooney is Commander Emeritus of the Connecticut Statewide Honor Guard (CTHG). He is a co-founding member of the CTHG and is still active with the organization. Kevin is also a former Commander of local Honor Guards with South Windsor and Manchester (IAFF Local 1579) Fire Departments. With his Honor Guard passion, he has been active with the Foundation during the Memorial Weekends as well as local and State Memorials. Kevin is well known and respected for his long tenure of attending LODD services throughout New England supporting the families and Brothers and Sisters of our Fallen.
Chief Cooney holds numerous Officer/Instructor certifications from the CT Fire Academy and National Fire Academy and is also a Certified Fire Marshal.
Chief Cooney is active with many fire service organizations: member of IAFC/VCOS, he is a past President of the CT Fire Chief’s Association, past Treasurer and Secretary of the CT Fire Department Instructors Association, was a past Director and Deputy Coordinator of the Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan, member of the NFA Alumni Association (former CT Co-coordinator), member of the CT IAAI, member of the CT Fire Marshals Association, and many fire related groups. He also serves on the CT Fallen Firefighters Memorial Committee and is presently on the Advisory Committee and Board of Directors for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Locally, in 2013 he was honored as the South Windsor Irish Parade Fire Marshal for the Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He serves on the Board of Directors for the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce, representing the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, and he is a life-long South Windsor resident and attended local schools.
Kevin resides in South Windsor with the love of his life, Christine, their daughters, and grandchildren.