Tony Cerulli is promoted to captain in fire department

Tony Cerulli
Tony Cerulli

A 19-year veteran firefighter, Tony Cerulli, has been promoted to be a captain in the Ridgefield Fire Department.

“Tony served Ridgefield originally as a volunteer firefighter, until joining the Ridgefield Fire Department in 1999,” ‘First Selectman Rudy Marconi said, adding that Cerulli had “unquestionably, the respect of his peers.”

Cerulli has been a lieutenant in the fire department since 2014.

Cerulli was promoted by a 4-0 vote of the Board of Selectmen Wednesday night, Nov. 28, after executive session interviews with Cerulli and one other candidate.

“Both candidates were very, very qualified,” said Selectwoman Barbara Manners, who moved that the position be given to Cerulli. “... They are pretty equal. This was a tough decision.”

There was applause from fire department members in the audience after the selectmen’s vote to promote Cerulli.

Marconi later reiterated Manners’ point.

“There were two lieutenants interviewed, and both lieutenants have served the town of Ridgefield admirably and are very well qualified,” he said.

Cerulli’s promotion fills a vacancy left by the retirement of Captain Dave McDevitt.

The nearly 40-member fire department has four shifts, each led by a captain and serving under the chief and assistant chief. Together, the four shifts provide fire protection and ambulance service throughout Ridgefield, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Each captain is very well-qualified to run that department,” Marconi said, “and they do an excellent job each and every day, in responding to calls.”