Bantam Fire Co. elects Litwin as new chief
New Bantam Fire Co. Chief Ryan Litwin in his office at the firehouse. BZ photo
The Bantam Fire Co. made history recently when it elected Ryan Litwin as its new chief.
Litwin, 27, is the youngest chief to serve the fire company's membership. He succeeds Rick Duffy, who stepped down after nine years as chief so he could spend more quality time with his family.
Previously a captain, Litwin joined the fire company as a junior member in 2003 and worked his way through the ranks. The vote to elect him chief was unanimous.
"I'm honored and humbled," Litwin said of his election. "When I was 13 and a junior, people would tell me I would be chief one day. It happened sooner than I anticipated."
Officers elected with Litwin were Sam Wolff as deputy chief, John Cattey as captain, Jody DeLisle as 1st lieutenant, James Brady as 2nd lieutenant, and Will Ardussi as 3rd lieutenant.
As he moved out of the junior firefighter ranks, Litwin decided to pursue a career as a professional firefighter. For the past six years, he has been a firefighter for the city of Stratford. His job gives him the flexibility to serve as Bantam's chief.
A celebration of Duffy's tenure as chief will be held Sept. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Community Field in Bantam.