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Firefighter officially hangs up Santa suit

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MADISON (WKOW) -- One of Santa's helpers is hanging up his suit after 43 years.

Dick Lindauer is a retired Madison firefighter. Saturday, former co-workers gathered at the firefighter's Christmas party to celebrate the long-time Santa.

Lindauer said he loves putting on his Santa suit every year and seeing the children's faces light up at the American Family Children's Hospital.

The Children's Hospital is a special place for Lindauer. His daughter died there at the age of 15 after a four-year battle with leukemia.

Lindauer said, "This is it. This has been the thrill of my life."

Lindauer said he plans to continue helping children throughout the holiday seasons.

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