Today is Mark Kershaw’s 10th anniversary with the and that milestone was capped off this week by Kershaw’s being promoted to deputy chief of the volunteer department.
Kershaw was sworn-in this week as deputy chief during a ceremony before the and a standing-room only crowd of about 50, many of them fellow firefighters who attended to see Kershaw sworn in by Fire Chief, Michael Garrahy.
Garrahy said Kershaw was assigned to Station 2 on New Britain Avenue when he started with the department.
“He immediately really just committed himself to training,” Garrahy said.
Kershaw was promoted to lieutenant in April of 2005 and then became station captain in January of 2006, a position he held until his most recent promotion to deputy chief.
Garrahy said the new deputy chief, who works at Simonize USA, is a “very dedicated hard-working individual.” Kershaw, he added, has been awarded several service citations while volunteering for the department.
In his new role he will be assigned to the department’s training division, where he will oversee training initiatives for the entire department, which consists of 88 personnel in three fire companies, as well as for the Cadet Company and the drivers and operators training program.
“He’s got a big job ahead of him, but I have the utmost confidence in him,” Garrahy said.