Four new lieutenants were sworn into service with the Bedford Fire Department in ceremonies Thursday evening. Dozens of firefighters attended, and many of them were recognized for individual highlights and length of service.
Two of the new officers “honor the generational commitment to the department,” said Fire Chief David Grunes. Matthew Busa is the grandson of the late Anthony Busa, who also was a lieutenant. Brian Oates is the son of retired firefighter Bob Oates. The other new lieutenants are Nick Anderson and John Perry.
Six members of the department were recognized with a team award for a life-saving incident last March: Lt. Michael Bauman, firefighters Sam Panzeri, Pat Stewart, and Chris Gonzalez, Busa, and Park. Similarly, eight men were cited for their response to a life-saving incident in June: Firefighters Shaun Kennery, Cabral, Gonzalez, Oates, Perry, Ricker, Shea, and Sullivan.
It was announced that an honorary gold retirement badge will be presented to longtime department administrator Sharon Cozzi.
The Awards and Insignia
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