Whitman Fire Holds Swearing-In for Deputy Chief and Lieutenant
By PAT TRAVERS, Senior Correspondent | July 09, 2019 | MASSACHUSETTS
Story No. 071119102
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comDeputy Fire Chief Alfred Cunningham has his badge pinned on by his wife, Kate.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comDeputy Fire Chief Alfred Cunningham gets sworn-in by the Town Clerk.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comLieutenant Nicholas Grasso gets sworn-in by the Town Clerk.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comLieutenant Nicholas Grasso has his badge pinned on by his wife Jen.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comWhitman Fire Chief Timothy Grenno presents Lt. Nicholas Grasso with his new helmet shield.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comNewly appointed Whitman Fire Lieutenant Nicholas Grasso with his wife Jen, daughter Sophie and son Leo.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comNewly appointed Whitman Deputy Fire Chief Alfred Cunningham with this wife Kate, and daughters Laura and Emma.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comMembers of the Whitman Fire Department pose for a picture after the ceremony.
Whitman, MA - On Tuesday, July 9th at 1900 hours, a swearing-in ceremony was held for newly appointed Whitman Deputy Fire Chief Alfred Cunningham and Lieutenant Nicholas Grasso at the Whitman Town Hall. In front of friends, family and almost all of the department's members, the two took the oath of their new office.
Deputy Fire Chief Alfred Cunningham started his career as a call-firefighter in 1995, and was appointed to a full-time firefighter in 1998. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2009 and was the shift commander of Group-4. Deputy Chief Cunningham holds a degree from Columbia Southern University and certifications as Fire Officer I/II, a fire instructor and paramedic. Cunningham is also the department's fire training officer. Deputy Cunningham will become the shift commander of Group-2 until the position becomes an administrative position in the near future.
Lieutenant Nicholas Grasso joined the Whitman FD in 2000 as a call-firefighter and was appointed as a full-time firefighter in 2004. Lt. Grasso holds a degree from Columbia Southern University and certifications as Fire Officer I/II and a paramedic. He will be assigned as the shift commander of Group-4.
Whitman Fire Chief Timothy Grenno stated, "Both Deputy Chief Cunningham and Lieutenant Grasso stood out as exemplary candidates during the promotion process, and are very deserving of their respective promotions." He added, "I am confident they will continue to serve our department and the Whitman community well, and I congratulate both of them on this next step in their respective careers with the Whitman Fire Department."
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