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Westport's Bravest: Five New Firefighters Officially Join Force

Andrew Ponteciello receives his badge from his father as a family member snaps a few photos.
Andrew Ponteciello receives his badge from his father as a family member snaps a few photos. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Westport residents greet the new firefighters, (from left to right) Robert Wargo, Vincent Delvecchio, Andrew Ponteciello, Joshua Taylor and Francis Oldham.
Westport residents greet the new firefighters, (from left to right) Robert Wargo, Vincent Delvecchio, Andrew Ponteciello, Joshua Taylor and Francis Oldham. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Westport First Selectman James Marpe welcomes five new town firefighters.
Westport First Selectman James Marpe welcomes five new town firefighters. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

WESTPORT, Conn. — The ranks of Westport’s bravest swelled a little Friday, as five new firefighters were sworn in by First Selectman James Marpe.

Francis Oldham of Bethel, Joshua Taylor of New Fairfield, Andrew Ponticiello of Mamaroneck, N.Y., Vincent DelVecchio of Stratford and Robert Wargo of Hamden all took the oath in an afternoon ceremony before family, friends and fellow fire personnel at the department’s Post Road East headquarters.

Chief Robert Yost told the recruit class that they now have a duty to protect the lives and property of Westport and promote safety in town.

“Never lose sight of the mission,” he said. “Never tarnish the badge.”

Marpe told them the town and its citizens respect their service.

“This is a great group of people you’re joining,” Marpe said.

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