Two Atlantic City Fire Department retirements were planned this week, but how the longtime firefighters went out wasn’t.

Battalion Chiefs Robert Macready and Kevin Bennett retired at the scene of a raging fire that ripped through four buildings on Atlantic Avenue.

Because their paperwork was in, both men had to leave the job as Sept. 30 turned to Oct. 1.

Macready, the incident commander at the fire, handed over his duties to Deputy Chief Vincent Granese, ending a 40-year career.

“He came to the department in 1973,” Chief Dennis Brooks said. “He kind of went out the way he went in.”

It’s the way every firefighter wants to end their career — doing their job — Brooks said.

Macready began his career in the former Station 3 at Maryland and Arctic avenues, which also had the fire shop. The building is now owned by the Housing Authority, which uses the old shop as its scattered sites maintenance shop.

He ended his career in Station 1, a few blocks away, in Battalion 1 Platoon 2.

Walking away from the job with him was Bennett, who served as president of the Vulcans, a group of the city’s black firefighters.

He served on the department for 31½ years and ended his career at Station 4 Battalion 2 Platoon 2.

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