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Three Danbury Firefighters Receive Promotions

DANBURY, Conn. – Three veteran Danbury firefighters, two of whom have more than 20 years in the department, were sworn in Wednesday to new positions after receiving promotions.

During a City Hall ceremony attended by their families, friends and dozens of past and present members of the Danbury Fire Department, Sherman resident Matthew Silk and Danbury resident Christopher Ryan were promoted from firefighter to fire lieutenant. Danbury resident William Lounsbury, a fire lieutenant for nearly 10 years, was promoted to fire captain.

“In this line of work, we’re not just individuals, we’re members of a team,” Danbury Fire Chief Geoff Herald said in praising the men for their accomplishments. His praise was echoed by Mayor Mark Boughton during Wednesday’s ceremony. “Each of these firefighters has proven their ability to work with and lead team. The future of all three of these officers is bright.”

Silk, a former Ridgefield firefighter, joined the Danbury department in 1997. He is also a fire instructor, incident safety officer and emergency medical technician, among other titles, and he received a Bravery Award in 1998 and an Honorable Service Award in 2004.

Ryan, who joined the department in 1991, is also a fire instructor in addition to being a hazardous materials technician and statewide emergency telecommunicator. He received the Danbury Firefighter of the Year award in 1995.

Lounsbury also joined the department in 1991 and became a fire lieutenant in 2003. He is also a fire instructor and incident safety officer and has been certified in confined space rescues, advanced extrication, air crash rescues and high angle rope rescues.

During his thank you speech, Lounsbury became emotional when recalling his mentor, retired Fire Lt. John Gillotti, who was in attendance. Lounsbury spoke of a fire the two were at where Gillotti held onto him to help him escape from a tough spot, even while Gillotti was being burned.

“He helped us all so much,” Lounsbury said.

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