From Bill Kaempffer, Fire Department spokesman:
Mayor Bill Finch will swear in 11 new Fire Department lieutenants and pumper engineers on Tuesday (tonight) in Council Chambers.
“It’s is always a proud moment when I swear in hard-working first responders,” said Mayor Finch. “I know how hard they worked to achieve this. It is always a good day when people climb their career ladder.”
The Fire Department also currently has 11 fire recruits at the Connecticut Fire Academy. Seven are Bridgeport residents.
“This is a talented, driven group,” said Fire Chief Brian Rooney. “They dedicated themselves to studying for these exams and earned these promotions. I have no doubt they will excel in their new positions.”
WHAT: Fire Department Promotional Ceremony
WHERE: Council Chambers in City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at 6 p.m.
There is a significant milestone being achieved by Firefighter Sheilyan Vega. She is the first ever Latina firefighter to place first on a promotional exam at the Fire Department and will be the first Latina female to serve as a pumper engineer in the history of the Bridgeport Fire Department.
Until recently, she worked on Engine 10 in the East Side, just blocks away from where she grew up and as a young child watched Bridgeport firefighters do their jobs.
“I wanted so badly to come to 10s. I grew up in this neighborhood,” she said, recalling her childhood. “If only for a year, I wanted to be that face for a little girl, wave to them, let them put on the helmet, let them know that this is a career they can pursue if they want to.”
Bring promoted are:
Lt. William Boroskey
Lt. Marcus Dierna
Lt. Jeffrey Gdovin
Lt. Joseph Kirkland
Lt. Joseph Lachioma
Lt. Louis Santiago
PE Erwin Ayala
PE Charles Deer
PE Frank Perugini
PE Sheilyan Vega
PE James Zavodjancik