PLAINVILLE - The Town Council presented awards Tuesday to several firefighters celebrating their years of service.
The firefighters’ spouses, children and other friends and family members filled the council chambers to support them as they were honored by the community.
“Congratulations, not just for your longevity, but also for your commitment to Plainville and for keeping people safe and for investing so much time and energy,” said Town Council Chair Kathy Pugliese. “You put in an incredible amount of effort and recently did a fine job handling a major incident. We also thank you and your families for the time you’ve given up in serving in our volunteer fire department.”
Councilor Scott Saunders, who presented the awards, said that this was his favorite meeting of the year.
“It is amazing to me how long some of you have served and we are much better as a town for it,” said Saunders. “I’ve gotten to know many of you over the years and just how committed you are to the community. Whether it is fires or flooding you are there pulling people out and we’re extremely grateful.”
Firemen honored for five years of service included Philip Rousseau, Douglas Marcareli and Brian Roper.
Thomas Moschini Jr., James Lenois Sr. and Paul Rousseau were recognized for serving the community for 10 years.
Awards were given to John Myska and Stephen Chapman for 20 years of service and to Adrian Paradis III and Timothy Lennon for 25 years.
Finally, Douglas Doughty was recognized for 40 years serving as a firefighter in Plainville.
Fire Chief Kevin Tonor said he was proud to be a part of the department.
“When there is work to do, even if it is freezing cold or inclement weather, we shake it off, stick together and do what we have to do.”
Town Manager Robert E. Lee also announced that a referendum on the $15 million state mandated water pollution control facility will be held Jan. 30 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the fire house at 77 W. Main St. The town is expecting a $6.5 million state grant to assist. The rest will be paid for via a 20 year, 2 percent loan. Lee said that an explanatory text will be mailed out to residents this week.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.