- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) - Haverhill’s fire chief has died just weeks before he was scheduled to retire.

Police say first responders received a report of an unresponsive 56-year-old male in a home on Rosemary Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Upon arrival they confirmed that it was Chief Richard Borden. Borden was pronounced dead at the scene of what were described as natural causes.

Mayor James Fiorentini tells The Eagle-Tribune that flags at City Hall and at city fire stations will be flown at half-staff to honor Borden.

Fiorentini said Borden was scheduled to retire in June.

The mayor says he is shocked by the death because Borden was an avid cyclist and was in great shape.

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