SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A special badge pinning ceremony was held for new firefighters and promotions in the Springfield Fire Department on Friday.

Mayor Domenic Sarno and Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi welcomed the new firefighters and promoted members with a badge-pinning ceremony. Loved ones came up one by one to place badges on their jackets. In total, the department received two new Captains, 12 new Lieutenants and eight new recruits:


  • Roland Hicks, Jr.
  • Kevin Rankins


  • Donald Coleman
  • Pablo Colon
  • Adrian N. Howell
  • Frank R. Jimenez
  • Kevin M. Jones
  • Nathan J. Lavallee
  • Jason J. Lozada
  • Juan R. Morales
  • Jeffrey Ocampo
  • Christopher Peters
  • Gregory P. Rooke
  • Sean L. Walker


  • Anthony Basile
  • Korry Laboy
  • Jeffrey Mueller
  • Daniel Murphy
  • Juan Rivera
  • Michael Ellard
  • Ronald E. Kenniston
  • Jose Santini

Mayor Sarno stated, “Congratulations to our brave and dedicated firefighters that are joining our Springfield Fire Department. Commissioner B.J. Calvi and I are very proud of all the recruits that will be joining our Springfield Fire Department, your hard work and dedication has paid off. Also, to those being promoted, congratulations, these promotions are well-deserved and earned. On behalf of the city of Springfield, thank you and your families for your continued service to our Springfield community. We deeply appreciate your bravery and efforts.  We must always remember and never forget that when everyone else is running out of that building, you are running in to save lives. Thank you and Godspeed.”

Commissioner Calvi stated, “On behalf of the Springfield Fire Department, I wish to congratulate our newest recruits and their families. We are looking forward to working with you to keep our community safe. Congratulations on a job well done! To those being promoted today, congratulations. Your hard work and leadership will be looked upon by our newest firefighters as you take on more responsibilities within the Department. Congratulations to you and your families and thank you for your continued service to our Springfield Fire Department and our city of Springfield.”