With family members cheering them on, Springfield’s newest firefighters received their badges from Mayor Domenic Sarno and Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi.
The pinning ceremony for Firefighter Timothy Raimer involved his father, District Fire Chief Michael Raimer, who told 22News “words can’t express how proud I am. I’ve got a couple of years left to go, but I’m so proud of him.”
“Growing up watching him, having him come to school with all the tools and his gear, it pushed me to like it more and more,” Timothy recalled. “[When] I turned 18, I realized it was what I wanted to do.”
The ceremony welcoming the ten men into the firefighting ranks had an emotional impact on Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi. “It’s just a good life,” Calvi said. “It’s a great profession to take part in. It’s the greatest job in the world describe it as.”
There was also recognition for veteran firefighters. Four veteran firefighters earned career service awards with thirty years of service to the department.
With the appointment of the ten new firefighters, the department is now close to reaching full strength.