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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