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Oxford Woman Hired as Greenwich Firefighter

Lisa Constantino, Oxford volunteer firefighter, hired in career department; called "cream of the crop" by fire chief.

 

GREENWICH - Two recruits who have served their upstate Connecticut hometowns as volunteer firefighters were sworn in Tuesday as the newest members of the .

Lisa Constantino, 24, of Oxford and a volunteer in the , and Michael Jedd, 25, were sworn in as firefighters by Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, who's also the town's fire commissioner.

"There were more than 500 applicants ... they are the cream of the crop," said Fire Chief Peter Siecenski.

Constantino, a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in applied science, has volunteered for four years in Oxford where her certifications include pump operator and aerial ladder operations. Constantino said her volunteer work made her "realize that this is my passion and it's an opportunity to give back to the community.

Constantino becomes the second woman in the Greenwich Fire Department ranks.

Constantino has worked in the automotive and restaurant industries and as an equine assistant. She also is a fitness buff who competed in last spring's Tough Mudder Challenge in Vermont. "Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie," according to toughmudder.com.

Jedd has been a volunteer firefighter with the Watertown Fire Department for seven years, and the manager of the Kalenauskas Farm in Watertown where he managed the care of hundreds of animals. He earned a bachelor's degree in fire science and administration from the University of New Haven.

Jedd, who obtained the rank of Eagle Scout, said he looks forward to serving the town and called his hiring as "the best opportunity I could get" for a firefighting career.

Both Constantino and Jedd now head to the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks where they will complete a 14-week training course before returning to the Greenwich Fire Department for additional training and their assignments.

Assistant Greenwich Fire Chief Robert Kick the new hires bring the department's line personnel to the authorized strength of 97 firefighters.

Editor's Note: This story originated on Greenwich Patch. 

Paul Singley August 29, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Congrats, Lisa! Well deserved. Best of luck.
Patty August 29, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Congratulations Lisa! We are so very proud of you!
kim August 29, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Way to go Lisa!!
Jennifer August 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Wahooo!!!!
B Miller August 29, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Lisa congratulations! We know you will do a terrific job.
Carol Silkoff August 29, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Lisa congratulations so well deserved
ECasey August 29, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Congratulations Lisa!
J Ortiz August 30, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Great job Lisa, congratulations!
Joe Volunteer August 31, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Why is this news? Other volunteer firefighters have recently been hired on career departments and they didn't get a news release!
Will Wilkin August 31, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I thought perhaps our economy had creeped to the point where every single hire is news. There were over 500 applicants for 2 jobs? Congratulations indeed!!!!!! I just hope she's already in Greenwich when the fire starts, as the commute will take time.
Simon Cowell September 01, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Only one reason SHE got hired ... lawsuit waiting to happen.
Edna E. Cruz September 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Good luck Lisa; I know your parents are very proud of all your accomplishments. Your front neighbors Edna and Pete
Paul Singley December 16, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Like who? Please let us know and we will run this.

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