DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Fire Commissioner Jonathan Jackson announced Tuesday afternoon that he is retiring from the Detroit Fire Department after 25 years - effective April 7 - due to medical issues.
The 44-year-old commissioner revealed that he was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition related to his brain. The diagnosis was made a month ago after he began experiencing dizziness. He did not go into detail regarding the medical diagnosis, but says his doctor advised him that it would be hazardous to his health to continue working.
He told reporters that it is with a heavy heart that he is stepping down, but says he is confident that the good work will continue.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan named Jackson Detroit Fire Commissioner three months ago.
During his career, he served in various capacities both fighting fires and in executive positions.