NORWALK, Conn. Three Norwalk firefighters were promoted to lieutenant Friday, and former Capt. Todd Smith now goes by the title called deputy chief. Chief Denis McCarthy and Mayor Richard Moccia issued the oath of service to the men at the Norwalk Fire Headquarters. Their promotions were the result of the retirement of Norwalk Fire Department veterans.
The retirees are Deputy Chief David Lepus, who gave 33 years of service, and Lts. Mario Bologna, who served 32 years, and Antonio Ortiz, a 29-year member of the department. Firefighters Fortunato Capomolla, Roy Gagne and Mark Conte are now lieutenants.
Smith, deputy chief of training, started his career as a firefighter in 1982 after graduating from New Canaan High School and Norwalk Community College. His many certifications include lifeguard systems, dry suit diving, ice diving, blackwater diving and rapid deployment search and rescue 1 and 2.
Gagne, whose father is a retired member of the Norwalk Fire Department, has a master's degree in organizational communication and leadership from Marist College. He served as an Army National Guard combat medic for six years before being hired by Norwalk Fire in 2002. He was a paramedic for 13 years for the Danbury Emergency Medical Services.
Conte was born and raised in Westport and is a certified rescue technician rope rescue, vehicle and machinery extrication.
Capomolla is from Stamford and is working toward a degree in management at NCC. The youth sports coach is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor and champion (2010 Naga New England and World Champ, 2010 IBJJF 3rd place) and organized two T-shirt fundraisers to raise money to fight women's and children's cancers.
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