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Greenwich Fire Lieutenant Retires After 50 Years On The Line

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Lieutenant Patrick "Zinger" Gordiski of the Greenwich FD had his last official shift on Friday, July 29th, after 50 years on the department. Pat began his career in 1967 with the Port Chester FD in New York where he served for 5 years. He soon joined the Greenwich FD on July 30, 1972, where he continued to serve for the rest of his career. Patrick was promoted to Lieutenant in 1982. It was noted by Chief Joseph McHugh that Gordiski is the longest-serving firefighter in the history of the Greenwich FD. He is also the only firefighter to serve under all but the first Chief of the Greenwich FD since the official formation of the career department, separate from the 7 volunteer fire companies that continue to serve the town. Many might be sad to see him go, however, there's still another "Zinger" on duty. Pat's son, Matt, has been closely following in his father's footsteps, serving the Greenwich FD for several years. He has been adamant about continuing the tradition of excellence set forth by his father before him.

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