Ex-St. Tammany Fire Chief Whose Wife Was Murdered Retiring

The former chief of Fire District 12 in St. Tammany Parish is retiring effective September 1st.

Stephen Krentel's decision was announced via a letter read at the district's Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday night.

His wife was found murdered in their Lacombe-area home last year that had been set on fire to apparently try and cover up her shooting.

Krentel was ruled out as a suspect, but was demoted to chief of operations after allegations of wrongdoing in the department and an alleged affair came to light.

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