It is with regret that the Brattleboro Vermont Fire Department announces the passing of Retired Assistant Chief John E. Wheelden Sr. John served the Brattleboro Fire Department for 57 years. He retired from his career position in 1987, but served on the Call Force until 2009. John also served as a volunteer with the Vernon Vermont Fire Department and the Wilmington Vermont Fire Department. He is a Honorary Life Member of Brattleboro and Wilmington Fire Departments. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced at a later date.