SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three Springfield Fire Department Lieutenants were promoted to Captain and seven firefighters were promoted to Lieutenant Friday morning.
The 10 firefighters were promoted in a ceremony emceed by Barry Kriger at Symphony Hall in Springfield at 10 a.m. Friday. According to a news release sent to 22News, Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi also awarded, honored, and recognized members and units of the Springfield Fire Department for their bravery and service. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno was also present for the ceremony.
“Congratulations to our newest Lieutenants and Captains, and their families. These promotions are well earned and are a result of your hard work and dedication. Congratulations to all of our brave and dedicated SFD members who are being recognized and honored for their bravery and service. On behalf of the Springfield Fire Department, I wish to congratulate everyone for their continued efforts on behalf of our residents and business community. Job well done,” Commissioner Calvi stated.
Firefighter George Vasquez received the Medal of Valor from Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi for showing great bravery during a fire on Pennsylvania Avenue last Christmas Eve.
Mayor Domenic Sarno welcomed each of the newly promoted Captains and Lieutenants, “When you talk to a firefighter, ‘I’m just doing my job.’ The word heroes use way too often, these young men are heroes.”
Retired 22News anchor Barry Kriger served as master of ceremonies for this proud event. This event is the second to be held at Symphony Hall since the iconic auditorium underwent renovations costing almost $2 million.