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Veteran Fire Inspector Named Bridgeport Fire Marshal

Henry Polite has been appointed Bridgeport’s new fire marshal.
Henry Polite has been appointed Bridgeport’s new fire marshal. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Mayor Joe Ganim has announced his appointment of veteran fire inspector Henry Polite as Bridgeport’s next fire marshal.

Polite is a 28 year-veteran of the Bridgeport Fire Department, and has served as a senior inspector in the fire marshal’s division since 2010.

In his new post, Polite will oversee a 21-person division responsible for fire safety inspections and fire investigations throughout the city of Bridgeport.

He is the second African-American to serve as fire marshal in Bridgeport.

Polite’s tenure begins on the heels of Bridgeport Fire Marshal William Cosgrove’s retirement last month.

“We are grateful for Bill Cosgrove’s many years of service and we are also very proud to have veteran fire inspector Henry Polite take over as fire marshal,” said Ganim. “As marshal, Henry will oversee critical fire safety inspections and investigate the causes of fires. Henry has a keen eye gained over decades of experience, and reflects the diversity in leadership we will have going forward.”

Polite previously served as a firefighter and lieutenant in the east end of Bridgeport on truck and ladder six.

He also later served as a pumper-engineer, and fire inspector starting in 2000.

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