Rutland Town dedicates fire station to ex-chiefBy Courtney Parker
STAFF WRITER | January 20,2014Former Rutland Town Fire Chief Joseph Denardo was honored for his many years of service as the Rutland Town Select Board announced the dedication of the new firehouse to his exemplary efforts.
The building will be named the Joseph J. Denardo Fire Station and a sign will be placed on the front of the building near the pedestrian entryway.
“I’ve put in 41 years,” said Denardo. “You can’t do this job without a good crew.”
Select Board members had nothing but kind words to say while reflecting on Denardo’s continued service.
“We appreciate your dedication to the department,” said board member Joe Dicton, complimenting Denardo on his instrumental role in getting the new fire building off the ground, into the plans and voter approved.
John Paul Faignant also applauded the former chief on his leadership and take-charge approach.
Faignant recognized Denardo’s role in establishing the equipment replacement fund, which has been a large success for the department, as well as his relentless efforts put forth over the years.
“The Rutland Town Fire Department is considered to be one of the best fire departments in the county right now,” said Faignant, adding that in addition to maintaining the town fire house Denardo has also managed to create respectable relationships with other local departments. “I really think that Joey epitomizes that sense of community that we want to be proud of.”
Denardo has dedicated more than 40 years to the local department, serving a total of 11 years as fire chief.
He plans to remain an active part of the department.
Elected to replace Denardo is longtime firefighter Frank Cioffi.
According to Denardo, the election of Cioffi marked the first time in town history that an acting chief was replaced without having stepped down or been hired by another department.
He said the transition between chiefs has been fairly smooth.
Cioffi brings to the team a vast amount of fire experience and knowledge, as well as high hopes to continue the department down a road of success.
“Joey has given me a lot of advice,” Cioffi said. “I look forward to him being around to help me.”MORE IN This Just InWHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A White River Junction man facing charges that he killed a 2-year-old boy... Full Story
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