The Council Chambers were as bright as the October weather the day the Awards Ceremony for the New Rochelle Fire Department was held. Mayor Noam Bramson set the tone for the program by acknowledging the great sacrifices family members of firemen make. He continued that celebration of the promotions today for the service given is a tribute to the professionalism and dedication of our Fire Department. Then he characterized the department as one of the best in the Country. Promotions followed and Lou DiMeglio was sworn in as Fire Chief, Robert Benz as Deputy Fire Chief, Theodore Ferrara as Fire Captain and Brian O'Keefe and Raul Perez as Fire Lieutenants.
Fire Chief DiMeglio addressed the large number of both firefighters in uniforms who were being honored and their families and friends who were in the audience. He thanked the City for the opportunity to lead the Fire Department and acknowledged the leadership of former Fire Commissioner Ray Kiernan.