Four Norwalk Firefighters Promoted
By Steve Kobak
Norwalk Hour Staff Writer
Posted on 10/18/2011
NORWALK-- Four Norwalk firefighters who have nearly 50 years of service between them were promoted Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony in the Charles A. Volk Central Fire Station. Two lieutenants -- Adam Markowitz and Mark Franzen -- were promoted to captain, and two firefighters -- Scott Rywolt and Nick Giancasporo -- were promoted to the lieutenant rank during the ceremony. Rywolt, Giancasporo and Markowitz are 10-year veterans of the Norwalk Fire Department, and Franzen has served with the fire department since 1994. "I've been on for so long, and I've served under a lot of good officers that I try to emulate," said Franzen. "I take this job very seriously and, most importantly, I take the safety of the guys on my crew very, very seriously." The event marked the last promotional ceremony that will be held at the Charles A. Volk Central Fire Station for the next two years while the facility undergoes renovations. Mayor Richard A. Moccia was on hand to administer an oath to the firefighters, and Fire Chief Denis McCarthy spoke at the ceremony. McCarthy said the department should reflect the commitment of Capts. Scott Ready and Michael Siano, both of whom retired recently after 30 years with the department. Siano and Ready were on hand for the ceremony, and their vacated positions allowed Markowitz and Franzen to move up in rank. "This is a fire department that prides itself on the fact that it doesn't forget it's retirees," McCarthy said. All four firefighters said their promotion was a natural progression, and they welcome the added responsibility that comes with a higher rank. "It's a dream come true,"?Markowitz said. Giancasporo's 8-year-old son Justin attended the ceremony, as did the families of the other promoted firefighters, and Justin said he is proud of his father. "I feel excited," he said. Rywolt, who previously served as a volunteer with the Southport Fire Department, said he was relieved to move up in rank, as it was his third time taking the lieutenants' test. He said he has seen the department become more efficient and specialized in the past 10 years, and he hopes to help it progress further. "The higher up you get, the better you can make the department,"?he said. "I always wanted to take the job as high as you can go with it."