Firefighter's legacy lives on in new 'fast and nimble' fire boat


"Former Norwalk Firefighter Robert Bedell's legacy of helping his fellow city residents continues to be honored after his death."

Fire dept. looking for people to join its 'family'


"Although the economy remains in rough shape, the Norwalk Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women to join the ranks of Norwalk's bravest."

Norwalk breaks ground on new fire headquarters


"But on Tuesday afternoon, actions spoke louder than words -- the groundbreaking ceremony for the Central Fire Station headquarters at 121 Connecticut Ave. showed them just how grateful the community is for their service."

Council to vote tonight on bids for new fire HQ


"NORWALK -- The Common Council is scheduled to vote tonight on more than a dozen bid packages related to construction of the city's new fire headquarters on Connecticut Avenue."

Grant will allow city to purchase fire boat with explosive detection capabilities


"The City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Fire Department have been awarded a Critical Infrastructure Grant Award under the FEMA Port Security Program to purchase a fire boat with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive detection capabilities. "

Norwalk firefighters to take look at new contract


"A Norwalk personnel official said Wednesday the firefighters union has come to terms with city negotiators on a new two-year contract."

City studies fee for fire inspections reviewed


"NORWALK - Day care centers, bars and restaurants, hospitals, hotels, dry cleaners, theaters and three or more family residences could be charged for annual fire inspections in the future."

Norwalk's Finest name Officer of the Year


"Four members of the Norwalk Police Department were honored Monday for heroic acts they performed in the line of duty during 2008."

Norwalk firefighter avoids jail by paying restitution, but may have job taken away


"NORWALK -- City firefighter Andre Williams avoided a year in jail by paying $12,850 to his former landlord."

Norwalk firefighter given suspended sentence


"A Norwalk firefighter was given a suspended sentence Wednesday of three years in prison and three years of special probation after pleading guilty to larceny charges."

New in blue: Fire department welcomes three new firefighters


"Two of the city's three rookie firefighters were feeling a little wet behind the ears Thursday afternoon, but the feeling was literal."

Three rookies join Norwalk Fire Department


"NORWALK - After 15 weeks at the Connecticut Fire Academy, three Fairfield County men took oaths of office to join the Norwalk Fire Department Monday."

Norwalk police department gets 'real good going over'


"NORWALK - An inspection of the police department last week by a Virginia firm that assesses procedures, management and operations appears to have been a success, Police Chief Harry Rilling said."

Ex-cop sent to jail for groping woman during traffic stop


"NORWALK - Former city police officer Ray DeCamillo on Friday was ordered to serve nine months in prison and will be required to register as a sexual offender for groping a woman during a 2006 traffic stop."

Former Norwalk officer sentenced for sex crime


"A disgraced former Norwalk police officer was sentenced to prison Friday and must register as a sex offender for actions that a Norwalk judge described as a disturbing abuse of power."

Hearing postponed for firefighter convicted of larceny


"NORWALK - A special fire commission hearing scheduled for today to determine whether a veteran firefighter will keep his job after a larceny conviction has been postponed."

Norwalk firefighter's job at stake in panel hearing


"NORWALK - A special Fire Commission hearing Monday may determine whether veteran city firefighter Andre Williams will be fired for violating his reinstatement agreement."

Firefighter faces year sentence in bad check case


"NORWALK - City firefighter Andre Williams, who did not pay $12,500 in restitution for several bounced checks, faces one year in prison if he does not come up with the money before his January sentencing on larceny charges."

Former Westport fire official pleads guilty to bilking union


"NORWALK - A former Westport Fire Department union treasurer accused of improperly using his union credit card for 87 visits to bars and restaurants and purchasing Internet pornography avoided jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges Thursday."

Norwalk Deputy Police Chief Arway plans to retire


"One of the deputy chiefs of the Norwalk Police Department will be retiring in 2009, the police commission announced at their meeting Monday."

Norwalk police adjust to budget cuts, reassign shifts


"In the wake of reductions to the police department's budget, Chief Harry Rilling said the department will most likely maintain the same level of service with the minor sacrifices it has to make."

Council to weigh ways to improve fire HQ


"NORWALK - Renovating the city fire headquarters at 121 Connecticut Ave. is not a viable option, and a new building should be constructed instead."

Motion filed to dismiss sex charges against former cop


"STAMFORD - Attorneys for former police Lt. Thomas Cummings filed a motion at state Superior Court in Stamford Friday to dismiss state charges alleging that he had sex with two 15-year-old boys and tried to lure a third to his Dreamy Hollow condominium."

Six officers honored for saving gas-soaked man


"NORWALK - Six police officers who kept a gasoline-drenched man from igniting himself with a lighter were celebrated Tuesday as August's Officers of the Month."

Officer fired for warning friend of probe


"NORWALK - Veteran Sgt. Stephen Couture was fired by the police trial board Tuesday for telling his friend - former police Lt. Thomas Cummings - last October he was under investigation for having sex with a 15-year-old Weston boy."

Officer takes the stand at trial board


"Couture is facing departmental charges - and possibly the end of his otherwise unblemished police career - for telling former Lt. Thomas Cummings, a close friend, that he was under investigation for having sex with the youth last Oct. 26."

Bounced check charges reinstated as [Norwalk] firefighter fails to pay restitution


"NORWALK - A city firefighter had charges reinstated against him yesterday for bouncing six checks worth $22,000 after he failed to pay restitution."

Shot cop apparently staged own death


"NORWALK -- Police Officer Matthew Morelli apparently staged his death in a South Norwalk church parking lot a week ago Friday to make it look as if he were the victim of a homicide while on duty, police and state sources said."

Protecting police personnel information


"It appears the Norwalk Police Union has a legitimate beef that access to officers' personal information wasn't taken away from a city employee who reportedly made not-so-veiled threats to cops making a drug bust at her home last month."

Others rush to aid Norwalk


"STAMFORD - Police departments from around the region and an American Red Cross chapter provided help after reports that Norwalk police officer was shot in the line of duty early yesterday morning."

Cop, 38, found dead after call for backup


"NORWALK — City police, the FBI and the State Police Major Crime Squad spent the day Friday trying to figure out how city police Officer Matthew Morelli, 38, was shot and killed in a church parking lot in South Norwalk early Friday morning."

Officers report conflict with personnel employee


"NORWALK - The arrests of a city personnel department employee's two sons on drug and weapons charges last month have raised concerns about the security of police officers' sensitive personal information."

Cop charged with having sex with boys


""It is a total embarrassment and disgusting that he is even vaguely associated with the Norwalk Police Department, let alone a member of its command staff," the officer said."

City to hear many pitches on spending


"NORWALK - A $31,710 engine for a police boat, $120,000 for school playground equipment and $40,000 for library carpeting will be among the items that city departments pitch to the Planning Commission."

Four city workers break $200K mark


"NORWALK - When Sgt. Russell Fallo joined the Norwalk Police Department 34 years ago, his salary was about $8,000. In 2007, he made about 25 times that amount to become the city's third-highest compensated employee."

4 officers honored for defusing gun plight


"NORWALK - The Norwalk Police Department honored four of its own yesterday for their roles in apprehending a convicted felon carrying a loaded handgun and drugs."

Norwalk police use new cameras to keep an eye on crime


"NORWALK - Police are using high-powered surveillance cameras to bust drug dealers and keep an eye on Calf Pasture Beach."

Officer Subject of Sex Assault Investigation


"Police Lt. Thomas Cummings is being investigated by the State's Attorney's Office for the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy from Weston."

Norwalk loses police recruit just before training begins


"NORWALK - One of the four recruits hired two weeks ago as a probationary police officer will not begin his academy training this week and has been "separated from service," Chief Harry Rilling said."

Fitness Focus for Firefighters


"The Fire Department, which has seen its fair share of job-related injuries, is in the midst of implementing a new wellness program for its firefighters."

Police rein in OT costs


"NORWALK - Rocketing police overtime costs were turned around in the second half of the last fiscal year, officials said."

Panel wants more minority firefighters


"NORWALK - Members of a Common Council panel that probed the racial climate in the fire department yesterday released recommendations to the Board of Fire Commissioners."

Mayor defends fire department, chief at city commission meeting


"NORWALK - Though a Common Council member assured those present that the Norwalk Fire Department is not racist, emotions still ran high at last night's special meeting of the Human Relations Commission at City Hall."

New Fire Department Probe Eyed


"As the Common Council subcommittee investigating allegations of racism in the Fire Department wraps up its work, members of the Human Relations Commission are considering whether another investigation, this time focusing on personnel issues, is warranted."

Judge refuses officer's plea for leniency


"NORWALK - The state will pursue sexual assault and unlawful restraint charges against fired city police officer Ray DeCamillo after a judge yesterday rejected his application for a special probation program for first offenders that would have cleared his criminal record."

Fire department could face another racism probe


"NORWALK - To the dismay of fire officials, the vice chairwoman of the city's Human Relations Commission has called for a special meeting in hopes of opening a second investigation into allegations of racism in the fire department."

Heat of the battle: Fire boat makes debut during island blaze


"NORWALK - A cast-off police boat and 18 months of work have produced the first fire boat in city history."

Fire department settles FOI suit; McCarthy won't face suspension


"NORWALK - A Common Council subcommittee's January recommendation to suspend Fire Chief Denis McCarthy was nullified this week under an agreement settling a Freedom of Information complaint The Advocate lodged against the panel."

And into the fire: 3 join Norwalk department's ranks


"NORWALK - After 10 weeks of training, three recruits were officially welcomed yesterday into the ranks of the Norwalk Fire Department."

Mixed views on plan for police cameras


"NORWALK - A plan to bring powerful police surveillance cameras to a swath of urban South Norwalk by early July could violate the privacy of the area's large minority population, community leaders say."

Westport Aids in Norwalk Emergency Drill


"Westport emergency workers took part in an emergency preparedness drill today in Norwalk that simulated an explosion aboard a Metro-North train."

Just Like Brothers


"Tatun also said he feels the subcommittee was "way out of line" in allowing the testimony from Day and Mackey during the first meeting. Tatun said he was "disgusted" by the remarks they made about the Fire Department."

Firefighters deny racism accusations


"NORWALK - Accusations of racial discrimination were absent last night, as four black firefighters defended the Norwalk Fire Department before a Common Council subcommittee formed to investigate allegations of racism."

New deputy director of emergency preparedness planning


"NORWALK - Develops, organizes, directs and coordinates the City's Emergency Management Program"

Objectivity Questioned


"The first special meeting of the Common Council subcommittee investigating the possibility of racism in the Fire Department has left some participants questioning the panel's objectivity."

Knopp: I didn't know about racist tape


"NORWALK - Former Mayor Alex Knopp said last night that he did not know about a 2005 videotape showing a firefighter uttering racial slurs to describe blacks and Hispanics."

Hearing Set in Fire Department Probe


"The Common Council subcommittee investigating the possibility of racism in the Fire Department has scheduled a public hearing on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to gather information."

Firefighter to be paid $41K after dropping suit


"NORWALK - The firefighter who sparked an investigation into alleged racism within the Norwalk Fire Department will receive $40,800 in lost pay in exchange for dropping a discrimination suit against the city under an agreement released yesterday."

Proposal calls for 5.9% city budget hike


"NORWALK - City spending would increase 5.9 percent next fiscal year, including a 4.5 percent hike in the Board of Education budget, under a plan Finance Director Thomas Hamilton proposed yesterday."

Police to spend $9K to study command structure


"NORWALK - With nearly 30 police officers scheduled to retire by the end of 2010 and the deputy chief's job vacant, the Board of Police Commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to hire a consultant to examine the department's command structure."

Report: Racism not endemic in department


"NORWALK - A consultant hired to gauge race relations within the fire department issued a report last night recommending officials issue a clear code of conduct, implement human relations training and improve rank-and-file relations with Chief Denis McCarthy."

Firefighter won't lose job over drinking


"NORWALK - Fire commissioners last night voted unanimously to accept a confidential agreement with a firefighter at the center of a racism controversy and not to fire him."

City, firefighter work to reach agreement


"NORWALK - Facing possible termination tonight, a firefighter at the center of a racism investigation is working on a possible settlement with the city."

Illuminating shadows


"NORWALK -- Groundhog Day may be today, but top city officials saw their shadows yesterday."

Moccia will not suspend fire chief


"NORWALK - Mayor Richard Moccia said yesterday he has no intention of suspending Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, an action recommended by a Common Council subcommittee probing allegations of racism in the department."

Panel called for his suspension


"NORWALK - Fire Chief Denis McCarthy accused a panel investigating possible racism in the fire department of violating his rights when it called for him to be suspended during an unadvertised meeting earlier this month."

Fire Department to be Studied Again


"The Common Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of hiring Pacheco Ross Architects, P.C., to conduct a "Focused Assessment of Specific Aspects of the Fire Department.""

Human Extrication


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Police OT costs soar


"NORWALK - Higher-than-budgeted police overtime, fueled by a spike in crime and staff shortages, will force Chief Harry Rilling to request a special appropriation to maintain current levels of police service through June 30, Finance Director Thomas Hamilton said last week."

Panel formed to review firehouse videotape


"NORWALK - The Common Council announced the formation of a subcommittee yesterday to probe a videotape purportedly showing a fireman using two racial slurs in a firehouse, and officials' response to the recording."

Firefighters feel weight of history


"NORWALK - It's about 1 foot by 18 inches, its size belies its heft - and the weight of the events it symbolizes."

Firefighter gets job back after arrest


"NORWALK - Fire commissioners last night voted to reinstate a former firefighter terminated last year after being arrested on charges of larceny and writing bad checks."

Local, State, Federal Agencies take Part in Operation 'Ready'


"On Wednesday morning in near freezing temperatures, a large, bustling group of emergency personnel at the local, state and federal levels responded to the derailment of a Metro-North commuter train on the Danbury Branch Line resulting from a large explosion."

Fire chief's efforts to obtain tape blocked


"NORWALK - Firefighter Scot Wilson's attorney said the city must go to court to obtain a copy of a 2005 videotape showing a fellow firefighter using racial slurs during an informal conversation at the Broad River station."

Breaking the code: Police urged to use everyday language


"Police have always had a distinct language of codes used for security over radio dispatches, but because codes have different meanings for different departments, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is trying to encourage the use of plain English."

Council to probe response to racism charge


"NORWALK - Responding to criticism from black community leaders, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy last week accepted blame for the city's waiting over a year to investigate a videotape of a firefighter using racial slurs."

Fire chief to apologize for his response to racial slurs


"NORWALK - Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said he will issue a public apology today for his response to a videotape, first brought to his attention more than a year ago, of a firefighter using racial slurs among a group of peers."

Fire commissioners hearing postponed after video's release


"NORWALK -- A termination hearing scheduled for today for a fireman who reported for work under the influence of alcohol was postponed amid controversy about a video recording he recently showed the media."

Officer arrested in Norwalk


"NORWALK - City police charged a fellow officer with inappropriately touching a female driver during a traffic stop July 5."

Girl is police dog's best friend


"NORWALK -- Nomak, an imposing 100-pound German shepherd in the Norwalk Police Department's K-9 Unit, is trained to take on tough situations."

Equipment Purchases For Police, Fire OK'd


"The Common Council on Sept. 12 voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of a variety of new equipment for the city's emergency response personnel."

Thirteen Promoted In Police Department


"Thirteen members of the police force received promotions Monday at the monthly meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners."

Marine police looking at Coast Guard site for HQ


"NORWALK -- City officials are in negotiations with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72 to move marine police headquarters from South Norwalk to the flotilla's headquarters at Calf Pasture Park."

Devastating DROP Gets More Funds


"A long list of requests for special appropriations, described as "end of the year cleanup," greeted members of the Board of Estimate and Taxation Monday night."

Police HQ seen as a good neighbor


"NORWALK -- Businesses are opening in a neighborhood once notorious for drug selling."

Capital Budget Is $11.4M


"At issue was a request for $1.7 million for engineering and design plans for a new central fire station. Republican council members supported the request; the Democratic majority did not."

Virginia firm to review city police procedures


"NORWALK -- An independent team from a Virginia-based firm reviewing police policies and procedures will meet with residents next month to discuss Norwalk law enforcement issues."

Virginia firm to review city police procedures


"NORWALK -- An independent team from a Virginia-based firm reviewing police policies and procedures will meet with residents next month to discuss Norwalk law enforcement issues."

Town Talks On Shared Station


"Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, who resigned as Westport's fire chief last year, sent Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia a memo last week suggesting that a sixth Norwalk fire station be built in the city. However, the sixth station would not only serve Norwalk but also Westport and Wilton, according to McCarthy's proposal. "

City turns to neighbors for fire station


"NORWALK -- Fire Chief Denis McCarthy has approached his counterparts in Westport and Wilton to consider building a regional fire station in northern Cranbury."

Norwalk City budget to get public airing


"NORWALK -- Residents will get their first chance to comment on the city's proposed $250.5 million budget at a City Hall hearing at 7:30 tomorrow night."

BET plan would hike city budget $16M


"NORWALK -- After weeks of analysis, the Board of Estimate and Taxation last night recommended a spending cap of $250.5 million for the city's 2006-07 operating budget -- a $16 million increase in spending over the current year."

Police to start 'slow-down days'


"NORWALK -- Judgment week is here for speed demons who may have been getting a free ride."

Helping those who respond to tragedy


"NORWALK -- Fire Chief Denis McCarthy knows how debilitating some service calls can be. When he worked in Westport, McCarthy learned that one of his employees committed suicide after being let go."

One labor contract down, four more to go


"NORWALK -- The long-delayed firefighters' contract may be settled, but Mayor Richard Moccia said yesterday that he has a daunting task ahead in negotiations with other city unions."

Council approves fire contract


"NORWALK -- After four years of tense negotiations, city firefighters have a contract."

Firefighters contract set for a vote


"NORWALK -- The Common Council's Personnel Committee last night offered kind words for the proposed firefighters' contract but did not make a formal recommendation on how the full legislative body should vote on the pact Tuesday night."

Firefighters OK new contract


"NORWALK -- City firefighters overwhelmingly ratified a proposed contract yesterday, setting the stage to resolve a bitter four-year impasse."

Cuts sought in capital budget


"The recommendation is nearly 24 percent increase in capital spending over this fiscal year, and includes funds to design a new central fire station and begin upgrading infrastructure."

The Advocate: Dispatch move frees officers for patrol


"NORWALK -- Emergency dispatch services are now staffed entirely by civilians, as the city yesterday completed a longtime plan and freed an extra police officer for patrol duty."

The Advocate: Pact reached in firefighters contract


"NORWALK -- City firefighters have tentatively agreed on a contract with Mayor Richard Moccia, less than two months after he took office and called an agreement a priority."

Police retirement plan source of debate


"NORWALK -- Members of the Common Council pressured Mayor Richard Moccia last night to release an analysis of the police department's controversial and costly retirement plan, which is being used in negotiations with the city's firefighters."

Moccia douses firehouse proposal


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New firefighters welcomed to Norwalk


"NORWALK -- A few months ago, Troy Donohue was working as a customer service manager for the postal service. Yesterday, the Norwalk native was one of four new firefighters sworn in at the Central Fire Station on Connecticut Avenue."

New firefighters welcomed to Norwalk


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Firefighter pulls resignation


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Flying high - The Hour


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4 new firefighters hired


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City, fire union reach deal


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Police move into new home


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Norwalk fire chief hangs up uniform


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Joint regional dispatch mulled


"WESTPORT -- Fire officials from Norwalk, Westport and Wilton may soon begin searching for ways to combine their dispatch units in order to create a virtual regional fire department."

Norwalk firefighter faces 2nd arrest for writing bad checks


"NORWALK -- A firefighter suspended without pay and charged with larceny in August was arrested again yesterday, hours before attending a closed-door fire commission discussion on his employment status."

Norwalk police chief defends department's record


"NORWALK -- Police Chief Harry Rilling acknowledged last week that the eight city policemen arrested or in serious departmental trouble in the past 17 months is an "unusual situation.""

Report: Norwalk fire department needs costly updates


"NORWALK -- The fire department needs $4 million in renovations at its headquarters and maintenance garage, as well as a new station in northern Norwalk that would cost $6.5 million, according to a consultant."

Stamford, Norwalk receive grants for fire equipment


"Fire departments in Stamford and Norwalk have won federal grants to purchase firefighting equipment."

Officer, son charged with using fake police car


"NORWALK -- A city police officer and his son were arrested last night after they allegedly outfitted a used police cruiser with emergency lights and the 17-year-old drove the car through the city impersonating a cop."

Council OKs 12% wage hike for more than 100 city workers


"NORWALK -- Wages will increase 12 percent by 2006 for more than 100 city workers under two contracts the Common Council approved last night."

Store donates to police, fire


"NORWALK -- The Norwalk police and fire departments were among the thousands of departments, service organizations and other groups to receive funding from Wal-Mart this year."

Study - 6th fire station needed


"The Matrix Consulting Group, the firm hired by the city to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the needs of the Norwalk Fire Department over the next 10 to 20 years, determined in the second phase of its study that the station is needed to improve service to the city."

Norwalk fire union: Talks reach 'stalemate'


"NORWALK -- More than two years after their last contract expired, fire union officials broke silence on negotiations yesterday and aired their frustrations publicly."

Norwalk stages gas drill


"NORWALK -- The scenario was in place: A motor vehicle accident on Connecticut Avenue at the intersection of Scribner Avenue has resulted in a chlorine gas leak. "

Hazardous material team prepares for the worst


"NORWALK -- Emergency workers yesterday responded to a fictional chlorine gas spill outside Norwalk Hospital to test their response."

Survey addresses needs, challenges facing fire service


"Now that Norwalk is hoping to complete its new police headquarters next spring, a survey conducted by a consulting group is looking closely at the Norwalk Fire Department facilities, along with the changes in its activities."

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Officer involved in alleged domestic dispute to return to full duty


"NORWALK --  A policeman arrested last week in an alleged domestic dispute can resume patrolling the streets after a judge yesterday rescinded a partial protective order that prevented him from carrying a firearm."

Judge throws out negligence claim in lawsuit against police


"NORWALK -- After drunken driver Thomas Burns plowed a red Nissan into four pedestrians in South Norwalk, the victims sued the two police officers who, minutes earlier on that night in 1998, had stopped the intoxicated driver but allowed him to drive away."

Firm picked to study fire department


"NORWALK -- The city has chosen a consulting firm to develop a long-term plan for the Norwalk Fire Department."

Norwalk Vets honoured at parade - The Hour Online


"NORWALK -- Members of the Greatest Generation were honored Monday at the Memorial Day parade, and at the head of this group of distinguished veterans was Earl Carpenter, a lifelong Norwalk resident and retired deputy chief of the Norwalk Fire Department, who was the grand marshal of the parade."

New city fire chief sworn in


"NORWALK -- Four firefighters were sworn in yesterday-- three rookies, and the man who has worked for Norwalk longer than any other city employee."

Forty-four fire-fighting years - Norwalk Fire Chief retires


"Black-and-white newspaper clippings about decades of major Norwalk blazes line a hallway at Charles A. Volk Central Fire Station.Fire Chief James Verda looked thoughtfully at the photos and articles yesterday, recalling the most eventful conflagrations of his nearly 45-year career."

Cty of Norwalk approves plan to study Fire Department


"The Norwalk Fire Commission has approved the hiring of a management and consulting services firm to analyze the needs of the Norwalk Fire Department and the feasibility of meeting those needs."

Ten Norwalk firefighters named in lawsuit - The Hour


"Ten Norwalk firefighters have been named as co-defendants in a Superior Court lawsuit filed by four men who say they were unjustly passed over for hire by the Norwalk Fire Commission in 1997"

City Firefighter Suspended For Assault Arrests


"NORWALK - A city firefighter arrested twice in recent months on assault charges at a South Norwalk nightclub has been suspended without pay and ordered not to patronize the neighborhood's bars for three years."