By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a special sendoff Wednesday for a retiring member of the FDNY.

A walkout ceremony was held for Chief of Department Thomas Richardson.

Colleagues, family and friends were there to mark the occasion.

Richardson served 41 years with the FDNY. He began as a firefighter in 1980 and ended his career in the highest-ranking uniformed position in the department.

CBSNewYork Team