Sen. Len Suzio and Rep. Emil “Buddy” Altobello on Apr. 23 joined with local officials in Middlefield to mark Volunteer Firefighter Day in Connecticut. The event helped to kick off National Volunteer Week to spread the word about the need for more volunteer firefighters and other department personnel. Volunteer Firefighter Day is part of Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. Interested volunteers can visit www.EverydayHeroCT.org or call 1-800-Fire-Line.
Attached photo, left to right: Rep Emil “Buddy” Altobello, Sen. Len Suzio, Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company Chief Peter Tyc, Middlefield First Selectman Ed Bailey, Killingworth Volunteer Fire Co. Retired Chief and VWS Program Manager Fred Dudek, Killingworth Volunteer Fire Co. member Erin Bowman, and Middlefield Volunteer Fire Co. member Ken Wilson.