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Veteran Firefighter Takes The Reins As New Fire Chief In Bridgeport

Richard Thode is sworn in by Mayor Joe Ganim as the new fire chief in Bridgeport.
Richard Thode is sworn in by Mayor Joe Ganim as the new fire chief in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Richard Thode was officially sworn in as Bridgeport’s new fire chief in a brief ceremony Friday afternoon in the Margaret E. Morton Government Center.

Thode, a 30-year veteran of the Bridgeport Fire Department, had served as provisional fire chief since Brian Rooney retired last May. He was sworn in by Mayor Joe Ganim on a busy Friday, just before city officials held a press conference on the safe return of an abducted 6-year-old girl and the arrest of her father, who is a suspect in the early morning stabbing of her mother in Bridgeport.

Rooney, a 44-year BFD veteran, had been chief since 2005.

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