New London swears in three new firefighters

From left, Chief Henry Kydd speaks as Nicholas Petrizzi III, Brian DeSilva and Markeno Grant listen during their New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
From left, Chief Henry Kydd speaks as Nicholas Petrizzi III, Brian DeSilva and Markeno Grant listen during their New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

New London — The New London Fire Department added three certified firefighters to its ranks on Tuesday. A swearing-in ceremony was held at City Hall for firefighters Markeno Grant, Nicholas Petrizzi III and Brian DeSilva.

Petrizzi most recently worked as a firefighter at the Electric Boat Fire Department. He is a former member of the Waterford Fire Engine Company 1, where he was named career firefighter of the year in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

DeSilva is also a former member of the Electric Boat Fire Department and for 10 years volunteered with the Taftville Fire Department, where he was named firefighter of the year in 2009.

Grant is a former member of the Belltown Fire Department in Stamford and a member of the Connecticut National Guard. He most recently worked as a public safety officer at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

All three are New London residents.

The positions are funded through a federal SAFER, or Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, firefighter assistance program grant, New London’s Chief Administrative Officer Steven Fields said.

Brian DeSilva has his badge pinned on by his mother, Christine Baga of Taftville while Chief Henry Kydd looks on during the New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  Nicholas Petrizzi III and Markeno Grant also were sworn in Wednesday. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Brian DeSilva has his badge pinned on by his mother, Christine Baga of Taftville while Chief Henry Kydd looks on during the New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nicholas Petrizzi III and Markeno Grant also were sworn in Wednesday. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Markeno Grant and his girlfriend, Tayana Rodgers of New London, hug while Chief Henry Kydd looks on, after she pinned on Grant's badge during the New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nicholas Petrizzi III and Brian DeSilva also were sworn in Wednesday. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Markeno Grant and his girlfriend, Tayana Rodgers of New London, hug while Chief Henry Kydd looks on, after she pinned on Grant's badge during the New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nicholas Petrizzi III and Brian DeSilva also were sworn in Wednesday. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Nicholas Petrizzi III, left, has his badge pinned on by his father, Nicholas Petrizzi Jr., during the New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Brian DeSilva and Markeno Grant also were sworn in Wednesday. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Nicholas Petrizzi III, left, has his badge pinned on by his father, Nicholas Petrizzi Jr., during the New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Brian DeSilva and Markeno Grant also were sworn in Wednesday. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Brian DeSilva and his mother, Christine Baga of Taftville, hug with Chief Henry Kydd standing by, after she pinned on DeSilva's badge during the New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  Nicholas Petrizzi III and Markeno Grant also were sworn in Wednesday. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Brian DeSilva and his mother, Christine Baga of Taftville, hug with Chief Henry Kydd standing by, after she pinned on DeSilva's badge during the New London Fire Department swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nicholas Petrizzi III and Markeno Grant also were sworn in Wednesday. The hiring of the three new fire department members was made possible by a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

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