New Canaan Fire Department Swears in Two, Promotes Two, Presents Special Commendations


More than 100 town officials and residents joined New Canaan firefighters and their families Tuesday night for an awards, swearing-in and special commendation ceremony at Lapham Community Center.

“Tonight means a lot to me because it’s something I’ve worked very hard to get, to be a career firefighter,” Damien Sheerin said after he’d been sworn in. “Tonight feels a little surreal, that all my hard work has paid off, to be a firefighter officially in New Canaan, Connecticut.”

See the photos and captions in the slideshow above for quotes and information about each honoree.

They are:

  • Fire Commissioner Kerry Smith
  • Retired Deputy Fire Marshall Bill Dingee
  • Firefighter Jim Pickering
  • Firefighter Damien Sheerin
  • Lt. Duffy Sasser
  • Capt. Michael Baker

The ceremony was led by Fire Commissioner Jack Horner. Town officials in attendance included Selectman Beth Jones and Emergency Management Director Mike Handler. The department also honored firefighters who helped save the life of 18-year-old Michael Bivona, Jr., who had to be extricated from his car following a head-on accident Oct. 30 on Silvermine Road. That citation is included in a separate, dedicated article.

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