SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three Springfield firefighters were promoted to Lieutenant on Thursday.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Fire Commissioner Joseph A. Conant conducted a badge pinning ceremony Thursday at Fire Headquarters on Roosevelt Ave to promote firefighters Timothy J. Belbi, Luke W. Kominski and Leontino L. Piecuch to the rank of Fire Lieutenant.
Mayor Sarno stated, “Congratulations to Lieutenants Belbin, Kominski and Piecuch and their families, who stand by them and our Springfield on their promotions. I deeply appreciate their continued brave and dedicated efforts. Godspeed to them all.”
“I am very happy to promote these three firefighters to Lieutenant, all of who are qualified based on their performance and the Civil Service process we use. The step up from firefighter to Lieutenant is one of the most difficult because you are transitioning from being one of the crew to being responsible for the safety and supervision of your own crew,” said Commissioner Conant.
Piecuch told 22News he’s the first firefighter in his family and he’s excited to move up the ranks. “The responsibility, the next challenge in my career. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to since I got on the job. I’ve had great leaders ahead of me, had great role models.”
Belbin was appointed to the department in April, 2000, Kominski was appointed to the department in March, 1997 and Piecuch was appointed to the department in January, 2011.