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Captain Apalategui retires

(After 30 years, the Captain is calling it a career)…..Captain Michael ‘Pat’ Apalategui has worked his entire career with the El Centro Fire Department.

Apalategui participated in a summer program with the department when he was 14 years of age. He was hooked. When he was 24 years old Apalategui was hired by the department. That was October 25, 1983. He has not left. Apalategui will keep busy in his retirement. He says he will spend more time with his wife of 31 years, three grown daughters and six grandchildren, but he will also be coaching his grandson’s t-ball team, teach at El Centro Regional Medical Center, and he plans to get in some golf