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Greenwich welcomes four new firefighters

January 30, 2019

GREENWICH — The town of Greenwich will welcome four new firefighters to the department with a swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.

The new members of the Greenwich Fire Department are Kyle Matthews, Forrest Armitage, Nick Reisman and Greg Brown.

The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the fire headquarters at 15 Havemeyer Place on the third floor. The public is invited.

The new recruits will be filling the vacancies created by the recent retirements of four members, who combined had over 110 years of service to the town. They retired members are: retired Deputy Fire Marshal Rich Funck, with 35 years of service; retired Firefighter Rick Hayes, with 32 years of service; retired Firefighter Terry Murphy, with 26 years of service; and retired Firefighter Chris Kear, with 20 years of service.

Earlier this month, Shawn Morris was sworn in as the new deputy fire chief in Greenwich. Morris replaced Tom Nixon, who retired.

Morris joined the Greenwich Fire Department in 2005, and he was promoted to lieutenant in 2014. The new deputy chief earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut, and he is an adjunct faculty member at Post University in the field of fire and arson investigation.

George Lattanzi, who was hired in Greenwich in 2000, was promoted to lieutenant to fill Morris’ position. Lattanzi had been serving as acting lieutenant.

The professional department, when fully staffed, has 95 working firefighters, out of a total of allocation of 107 members, including fire marshals and administrative staff.

The department has four deputy chief who are responsible for running daily shifts.

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