From The Norwalk Citizen Newspaper:
Like a lot of kids, Jonathan Maggio loved fire trucks when he was growing up. But unlike most kids, Maggio was able to turn that love of bright red trucks and their towering ladders and snaking hoses into a rewarding career over the past two decades. On Monday, Maggio's family, friends, Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, and representatives from the local fire-fighting community turned out at fire headquarters on Connecticut Avenue to give Maggio a promotion. He has served as a lieutenant since April of 2002, and will now serve as captain. The promotion is the result of the anticipated retirement of Deputy Chief David Lepus. "It's a step higher in the command structure," Maggio said of his promotion. "It allows for more input, both in the firehouse and around the fires." As captain, Maggio will spend more time riding the department's ladder truck, overseeing building ventilation and organizing search-and-rescue operations. Maggio was a volunteer firefighter in Ridgefield from 1990 to 1994 before joining the Norwalk fire department. He has been a member of the Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Team since 1993 and is a recipient of the Norwalk Fire Department's Medal of Commendation for locating an unconscious woman at a residential fire in 1997. "She went through several hyperbaric treatments," he remembered, "and eventually made a full recovery." Maggio, a Coast Guard-licensed captain and Able Body Seaman, also co-founded the marine and SCUBA dive programs for the Norwalk Fire Department with Michael Pirri. Maggio explained that the fire department acquired a retired 24-foot Privateer boat from the police department and, through the marine program, brought the vessel back into service, eventually repowering it with a Homeland Security grant and outfitting it with a new electronics package through a donation from Norden Systems. "It's more of a rescue type vessel," he said of the twin outboard boat. "But it can pump about 500 gallons a minute." "The goal was to get a marine program under way," he added. "It's important to have that protection in place." A $600,000 grant to the fire department and City of Norwalk will eventually help offset costs to replace the vessel completely. Even with all of his many accomplishments with the fire department over the past 17 years and the often arduous shifts the firefighters work, Maggio said he still looks forward to the job. "I enjoy working with the other guys and the camaraderie we have here," he said. His schedule, however, won't get any easier. Maggio recently purchased a deli and, even with the new store, puts aside as much time as possible when he isn't on the job to spend with his wife of seven years, Michelle, and his four children: Billy, 18, Kaitlyn, 5, Chase, 3, and Reid, 1. "I'm excited about the new position," he said. "And I look forward to contributing as captain."