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"Former Norwalk Firefighter Robert Bedell's legacy of helping his fellow city residents continues to be honored after his death."
"Although the economy remains in rough shape, the Norwalk Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women to join the ranks of Norwalk's bravest."
"But on Tuesday afternoon, actions spoke louder than words -- the groundbreaking ceremony for the Central Fire Station headquarters at 121 Connecticut Ave. showed them just how grateful the community is for their service."
"NORWALK -- The Common Council is scheduled to vote tonight on more than a dozen bid packages related to construction of the city's new fire headquarters on Connecticut Avenue."
"A Norwalk personnel official said Wednesday the firefighters union has come to terms with city negotiators on a new two-year contract."
"NORWALK - Day care centers, bars and restaurants, hospitals, hotels, dry cleaners, theaters and three or more family residences could be charged for annual fire inspections in the future."
"Four members of the Norwalk Police Department were honored Monday for heroic acts they performed in the line of duty during 2008."
"NORWALK -- City firefighter Andre Williams avoided a year in jail by paying $12,850 to his former landlord."
"A Norwalk firefighter was given a suspended sentence Wednesday of three years in prison and three years of special probation after pleading guilty to larceny charges."
"Two of the city's three rookie firefighters were feeling a little wet behind the ears Thursday afternoon, but the feeling was literal."
"NORWALK - After 15 weeks at the Connecticut Fire Academy, three Fairfield County men took oaths of office to join the Norwalk Fire Department Monday."
"NORWALK - An inspection of the police department last week by a Virginia firm that assesses procedures, management and operations appears to have been a success, Police Chief Harry Rilling said."
"NORWALK - Former city police officer Ray DeCamillo on Friday was ordered to serve nine months in prison and will be required to register as a sexual offender for groping a woman during a 2006 traffic stop."
"A disgraced former Norwalk police officer was sentenced to prison Friday and must register as a sex offender for actions that a Norwalk judge described as a disturbing abuse of power."
"NORWALK - A special fire commission hearing scheduled for today to determine whether a veteran firefighter will keep his job after a larceny conviction has been postponed."
"NORWALK - A special Fire Commission hearing Monday may determine whether veteran city firefighter Andre Williams will be fired for violating his reinstatement agreement."
"NORWALK - City firefighter Andre Williams, who did not pay $12,500 in restitution for several bounced checks, faces one year in prison if he does not come up with the money before his January sentencing on larceny charges."
"NORWALK - A former Westport Fire Department union treasurer accused of improperly using his union credit card for 87 visits to bars and restaurants and purchasing Internet pornography avoided jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges Thursday."
"One of the deputy chiefs of the Norwalk Police Department will be retiring in 2009, the police commission announced at their meeting Monday."
"In the wake of reductions to the police department's budget, Chief Harry Rilling said the department will most likely maintain the same level of service with the minor sacrifices it has to make."
"NORWALK - Renovating the city fire headquarters at 121 Connecticut Ave. is not a viable option, and a new building should be constructed instead."
"STAMFORD - Attorneys for former police Lt. Thomas Cummings filed a motion at state Superior Court in Stamford Friday to dismiss state charges alleging that he had sex with two 15-year-old boys and tried to lure a third to his Dreamy Hollow condominium."
"NORWALK - Six police officers who kept a gasoline-drenched man from igniting himself with a lighter were celebrated Tuesday as August's Officers of the Month."
"NORWALK - Veteran Sgt. Stephen Couture was fired by the police trial board Tuesday for telling his friend - former police Lt. Thomas Cummings - last October he was under investigation for having sex with a 15-year-old Weston boy."
"Couture is facing departmental charges - and possibly the end of his otherwise unblemished police career - for telling former Lt. Thomas Cummings, a close friend, that he was under investigation for having sex with the youth last Oct. 26."
"NORWALK - A city firefighter had charges reinstated against him yesterday for bouncing six checks worth $22,000 after he failed to pay restitution."
"NORWALK -- Police Officer Matthew Morelli apparently staged his death in a South Norwalk church parking lot a week ago Friday to make it look as if he were the victim of a homicide while on duty, police and state sources said."
"It appears the Norwalk Police Union has a legitimate beef that access to officers' personal information wasn't taken away from a city employee who reportedly made not-so-veiled threats to cops making a drug bust at her home last month."
"STAMFORD - Police departments from around the region and an American Red Cross chapter provided help after reports that Norwalk police officer was shot in the line of duty early yesterday morning."
"NORWALK City police, the FBI and the State Police Major Crime Squad spent the day Friday trying to figure out how city police Officer Matthew Morelli, 38, was shot and killed in a church parking lot in South Norwalk early Friday morning."
"NORWALK - The arrests of a city personnel department employee's two sons on drug and weapons charges last month have raised concerns about the security of police officers' sensitive personal information."
""It is a total embarrassment and disgusting that he is even vaguely associated with the Norwalk Police Department, let alone a member of its command staff," the officer said."
"NORWALK - A $31,710 engine for a police boat, $120,000 for school playground equipment and $40,000 for library carpeting will be among the items that city departments pitch to the Planning Commission."
"NORWALK - When Sgt. Russell Fallo joined the Norwalk Police Department 34 years ago, his salary was about $8,000. In 2007, he made about 25 times that amount to become the city's third-highest compensated employee."
"NORWALK - The Norwalk Police Department honored four of its own yesterday for their roles in apprehending a convicted felon carrying a loaded handgun and drugs."
"NORWALK - Police are using high-powered surveillance cameras to bust drug dealers and keep an eye on Calf Pasture Beach."
"Police Lt. Thomas Cummings is being investigated by the State's Attorney's Office for the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy from Weston."
"NORWALK - One of the four recruits hired two weeks ago as a probationary police officer will not begin his academy training this week and has been "separated from service," Chief Harry Rilling said."
"The Fire Department, which has seen its fair share of job-related injuries, is in the midst of implementing a new wellness program for its firefighters."
"NORWALK - Rocketing police overtime costs were turned around in the second half of the last fiscal year, officials said."
"NORWALK - Members of a Common Council panel that probed the racial climate in the fire department yesterday released recommendations to the Board of Fire Commissioners."
"NORWALK - Though a Common Council member assured those present that the Norwalk Fire Department is not racist, emotions still ran high at last night's special meeting of the Human Relations Commission at City Hall."
"As the Common Council subcommittee investigating allegations of racism in the Fire Department wraps up its work, members of the Human Relations Commission are considering whether another investigation, this time focusing on personnel issues, is warranted."
"NORWALK - The state will pursue sexual assault and unlawful restraint charges against fired city police officer Ray DeCamillo after a judge yesterday rejected his application for a special probation program for first offenders that would have cleared his criminal record."
"NORWALK - To the dismay of fire officials, the vice chairwoman of the city's Human Relations Commission has called for a special meeting in hopes of opening a second investigation into allegations of racism in the fire department."
"NORWALK - A cast-off police boat and 18 months of work have produced the first fire boat in city history."
"NORWALK - A Common Council subcommittee's January recommendation to suspend Fire Chief Denis McCarthy was nullified this week under an agreement settling a Freedom of Information complaint The Advocate lodged against the panel."
"NORWALK - After 10 weeks of training, three recruits were officially welcomed yesterday into the ranks of the Norwalk Fire Department."
"NORWALK - A plan to bring powerful police surveillance cameras to a swath of urban South Norwalk by early July could violate the privacy of the area's large minority population, community leaders say."
"Westport emergency workers took part in an emergency preparedness drill today in Norwalk that simulated an explosion aboard a Metro-North train."
"Tatun also said he feels the subcommittee was "way out of line" in allowing the testimony from Day and Mackey during the first meeting. Tatun said he was "disgusted" by the remarks they made about the Fire Department."
"NORWALK - Accusations of racial discrimination were absent last night, as four black firefighters defended the Norwalk Fire Department before a Common Council subcommittee formed to investigate allegations of racism."
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"The first special meeting of the Common Council subcommittee investigating the possibility of racism in the Fire Department has left some participants questioning the panel's objectivity."
"NORWALK - Former Mayor Alex Knopp said last night that he did not know about a 2005 videotape showing a firefighter uttering racial slurs to describe blacks and Hispanics."
"The Common Council subcommittee investigating the possibility of racism in the Fire Department has scheduled a public hearing on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to gather information."
"NORWALK - The firefighter who sparked an investigation into alleged racism within the Norwalk Fire Department will receive $40,800 in lost pay in exchange for dropping a discrimination suit against the city under an agreement released yesterday."
"NORWALK - City spending would increase 5.9 percent next fiscal year, including a 4.5 percent hike in the Board of Education budget, under a plan Finance Director Thomas Hamilton proposed yesterday."
"NORWALK - With nearly 30 police officers scheduled to retire by the end of 2010 and the deputy chief's job vacant, the Board of Police Commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to hire a consultant to examine the department's command structure."
"NORWALK - A consultant hired to gauge race relations within the fire department issued a report last night recommending officials issue a clear code of conduct, implement human relations training and improve rank-and-file relations with Chief Denis McCarthy."
"NORWALK - Fire commissioners last night voted unanimously to accept a confidential agreement with a firefighter at the center of a racism controversy and not to fire him."
"NORWALK - Facing possible termination tonight, a firefighter at the center of a racism investigation is working on a possible settlement with the city."
"NORWALK -- Groundhog Day may be today, but top city officials saw their shadows yesterday."
"NORWALK - Mayor Richard Moccia said yesterday he has no intention of suspending Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, an action recommended by a Common Council subcommittee probing allegations of racism in the department."
"NORWALK - Fire Chief Denis McCarthy accused a panel investigating possible racism in the fire department of violating his rights when it called for him to be suspended during an unadvertised meeting earlier this month."
"The Common Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of hiring Pacheco Ross Architects, P.C., to conduct a "Focused Assessment of Specific Aspects of the Fire Department.""
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"NORWALK - Higher-than-budgeted police overtime, fueled by a spike in crime and staff shortages, will force Chief Harry Rilling to request a special appropriation to maintain current levels of police service through June 30, Finance Director Thomas Hamilton said last week."
"NORWALK - The Common Council announced the formation of a subcommittee yesterday to probe a videotape purportedly showing a fireman using two racial slurs in a firehouse, and officials' response to the recording."
"NORWALK - It's about 1 foot by 18 inches, its size belies its heft - and the weight of the events it symbolizes."
"NORWALK - Fire commissioners last night voted to reinstate a former firefighter terminated last year after being arrested on charges of larceny and writing bad checks."
"On Wednesday morning in near freezing temperatures, a large, bustling group of emergency personnel at the local, state and federal levels responded to the derailment of a Metro-North commuter train on the Danbury Branch Line resulting from a large explosion."
"NORWALK - Firefighter Scot Wilson's attorney said the city must go to court to obtain a copy of a 2005 videotape showing a fellow firefighter using racial slurs during an informal conversation at the Broad River station."
"Police have always had a distinct language of codes used for security over radio dispatches, but because codes have different meanings for different departments, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is trying to encourage the use of plain English."
"NORWALK - Responding to criticism from black community leaders, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy last week accepted blame for the city's waiting over a year to investigate a videotape of a firefighter using racial slurs."
"NORWALK - Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said he will issue a public apology today for his response to a videotape, first brought to his attention more than a year ago, of a firefighter using racial slurs among a group of peers."
"NORWALK -- A termination hearing scheduled for today for a fireman who reported for work under the influence of alcohol was postponed amid controversy about a video recording he recently showed the media."
"NORWALK - City police charged a fellow officer with inappropriately touching a female driver during a traffic stop July 5."
"NORWALK -- Nomak, an imposing 100-pound German shepherd in the Norwalk Police Department's K-9 Unit, is trained to take on tough situations."
"The Common Council on Sept. 12 voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of a variety of new equipment for the city's emergency response personnel."
"Thirteen members of the police force received promotions Monday at the monthly meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners."
"NORWALK -- City officials are in negotiations with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72 to move marine police headquarters from South Norwalk to the flotilla's headquarters at Calf Pasture Park."
"A long list of requests for special appropriations, described as "end of the year cleanup," greeted members of the Board of Estimate and Taxation Monday night."
"NORWALK -- Businesses are opening in a neighborhood once notorious for drug selling."
"At issue was a request for $1.7 million for engineering and design plans for a new central fire station. Republican council members supported the request; the Democratic majority did not."
"NORWALK -- An independent team from a Virginia-based firm reviewing police policies and procedures will meet with residents next month to discuss Norwalk law enforcement issues."
"NORWALK -- An independent team from a Virginia-based firm reviewing police policies and procedures will meet with residents next month to discuss Norwalk law enforcement issues."
"Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, who resigned as Westport's fire chief last year, sent Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia a memo last week suggesting that a sixth Norwalk fire station be built in the city. However, the sixth station would not only serve Norwalk but also Westport and Wilton, according to McCarthy's proposal. "
"NORWALK -- Fire Chief Denis McCarthy has approached his counterparts in Westport and Wilton to consider building a regional fire station in northern Cranbury."
"NORWALK -- Residents will get their first chance to comment on the city's proposed $250.5 million budget at a City Hall hearing at 7:30 tomorrow night."
"NORWALK -- After weeks of analysis, the Board of Estimate and Taxation last night recommended a spending cap of $250.5 million for the city's 2006-07 operating budget -- a $16 million increase in spending over the current year."
"NORWALK -- Judgment week is here for speed demons who may have been getting a free ride."
"NORWALK -- Fire Chief Denis McCarthy knows how debilitating some service calls can be. When he worked in Westport, McCarthy learned that one of his employees committed suicide after being let go."
"NORWALK -- The long-delayed firefighters' contract may be settled, but Mayor Richard Moccia said yesterday that he has a daunting task ahead in negotiations with other city unions."
"NORWALK -- After four years of tense negotiations, city firefighters have a contract."
"NORWALK -- The Common Council's Personnel Committee last night offered kind words for the proposed firefighters' contract but did not make a formal recommendation on how the full legislative body should vote on the pact Tuesday night."
"NORWALK -- City firefighters overwhelmingly ratified a proposed contract yesterday, setting the stage to resolve a bitter four-year impasse."
"The recommendation is nearly 24 percent increase in capital spending over this fiscal year, and includes funds to design a new central fire station and begin upgrading infrastructure."
"NORWALK -- Emergency dispatch services are now staffed entirely by civilians, as the city yesterday completed a longtime plan and freed an extra police officer for patrol duty."
"NORWALK -- City firefighters have tentatively agreed on a contract with Mayor Richard Moccia, less than two months after he took office and called an agreement a priority."
"NORWALK -- Members of the Common Council pressured Mayor Richard Moccia last night to release an analysis of the police department's controversial and costly retirement plan, which is being used in negotiations with the city's firefighters."
"NORWALK -- A few months ago, Troy Donohue was working as a customer service manager for the postal service. Yesterday, the Norwalk native was one of four new firefighters sworn in at the Central Fire Station on Connecticut Avenue."
"WESTPORT -- Fire officials from Norwalk, Westport and Wilton may soon begin searching for ways to combine their dispatch units in order to create a virtual regional fire department."
"NORWALK -- A firefighter suspended without pay and charged with larceny in August was arrested again yesterday, hours before attending a closed-door fire commission discussion on his employment status."
"NORWALK -- Police Chief Harry Rilling acknowledged last week that the eight city policemen arrested or in serious departmental trouble in the past 17 months is an "unusual situation.""
"NORWALK -- The fire department needs $4 million in renovations at its headquarters and maintenance garage, as well as a new station in northern Norwalk that would cost $6.5 million, according to a consultant."
"Fire departments in Stamford and Norwalk have won federal grants to purchase firefighting equipment."
"NORWALK -- A city police officer and his son were arrested last night after they allegedly outfitted a used police cruiser with emergency lights and the 17-year-old drove the car through the city impersonating a cop."
"NORWALK -- Wages will increase 12 percent by 2006 for more than 100 city workers under two contracts the Common Council approved last night."
"NORWALK -- The Norwalk police and fire departments were among the thousands of departments, service organizations and other groups to receive funding from Wal-Mart this year."
"The Matrix Consulting Group, the firm hired by the city to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the needs of the Norwalk Fire Department over the next 10 to 20 years, determined in the second phase of its study that the station is needed to improve service to the city."
"NORWALK -- More than two years after their last contract expired, fire union officials broke silence on negotiations yesterday and aired their frustrations publicly."
"NORWALK -- The scenario was in place: A motor vehicle accident on Connecticut Avenue at the intersection of Scribner Avenue has resulted in a chlorine gas leak. "
"NORWALK -- Emergency workers yesterday responded to a fictional chlorine gas spill outside Norwalk Hospital to test their response."
"Now that Norwalk is hoping to complete its new police headquarters next spring, a survey conducted by a consulting group is looking closely at the Norwalk Fire Department facilities, along with the changes in its activities."
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"NORWALK -- A policeman arrested last week in an alleged domestic dispute can resume patrolling the streets after a judge yesterday rescinded a partial protective order that prevented him from carrying a firearm."
"NORWALK -- After drunken driver Thomas Burns plowed a red Nissan into four pedestrians in South Norwalk, the victims sued the two police officers who, minutes earlier on that night in 1998, had stopped the intoxicated driver but allowed him to drive away."
"NORWALK -- The city has chosen a consulting firm to develop a long-term plan for the Norwalk Fire Department."
"NORWALK -- Members of the Greatest Generation were honored Monday at the Memorial Day parade, and at the head of this group of distinguished veterans was Earl Carpenter, a lifelong Norwalk resident and retired deputy chief of the Norwalk Fire Department, who was the grand marshal of the parade."
"NORWALK -- Four firefighters were sworn in yesterday-- three rookies, and the man who has worked for Norwalk longer than any other city employee."
"Black-and-white newspaper clippings about decades of major Norwalk blazes line a hallway at Charles A. Volk Central Fire Station.Fire Chief James Verda looked thoughtfully at the photos and articles yesterday, recalling the most eventful conflagrations of his nearly 45-year career."
"The Norwalk Fire Commission has approved the hiring of a management and consulting services firm to analyze the needs of the Norwalk Fire Department and the feasibility of meeting those needs."
"Ten Norwalk firefighters have been named as co-defendants in a Superior Court lawsuit filed by four men who say they were unjustly passed over for hire by the Norwalk Fire Commission in 1997"
"NORWALK - A city firefighter arrested twice in recent months on assault charges at a South Norwalk nightclub has been suspended without pay and ordered not to patronize the neighborhood's bars for three years."