SLO Fire Inspector John Madden honored for his service

The City Council recognized retiring San Luis Obispo Fire Inspector John Madden at its meeting Tuesday night for 20 years of service.

Madden was supported by a standing ovation from the audience.

Madden had 22 arson arrests during his time with the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department in field — all of which resulted in convictions.

He also helped found the San Luis Obispo Fire Investigation Strike Team — a collaboration of fire departments around the county and organized noteworthy conferences on fire investigation.

Madden said Tuesday that he plans to stay in San Luis Obispo County.