Paul Garizio, Sr. a lifetime Brookfield resident and Volunteer Firefighter has reached a milestone never before reached by a member of Candlewood Company Volunteer Fire Department dare I say the Town of Brookfield. Paul has recently surpased 50 years of active service to the fire department and his friends and neighbors in Brookfield.
In an effort to celebrate this tremendous milestone, Candlewood Company has held a number of events throughout this past year, honoring him in the Bridgewater Fireman’s Parade this summer and culminating in a dinner held in his honor at Mario’s Pasta Garden, one of his favorite eatery’s. Members of the department, both current and past joined Paul, to celebrate this milestone with his family. His wife of 45 years, Martina along with their three children: John, his wife Suzanne; Paul Jr. and his wife Wendy and Marie with her husband Mark Titus. In addition, he was joined by 7 of his 8 grandchildren: Gabrielle, John Jr., Katherine, Alina and CJ Garizio of Brookfield; and Jack and Gavin Titus of New Milford. The eldest, James was away at college.
A number of guests spoke and offered some interesting anecdotes about Paul and his time with the department, with Chief Gramling acting as the emcee of the evening. Longtime friend and Past Chief Bob Kapple spoke of some of Paul’s various trevails, as did Past Asst. Chief and friend Doug Fisher. John Garizio, eldest son of the honoree, spoke on behalf of the family. Candlewood Company presented Paul with a nice logo jacket commemorating his 50 years of service, and further, presented him with a plaque retiring his badge number from service or from ever being used by any other member in the future. All in attendance had a great evening.
If you happen to come upon a fire or accident scene in the Town of Brookfield, you are likely to see Paul directing traffic and attempting to keep the scene safe. You may also see him if you are parked in a fire lane or otherwise designated safety area… Follow his direction, offer him a smile and say thanks – it means a great deal to him to serve the wonderful Town of Brookfield. Stay safe and thank a First Responder – they work hard to keep you and your families safe.