SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — History was made Wednesday in the Springfield Fire Department.
Captain David Colon was promoted to the rank of district chief.
For the Springfield Fire Department, this promotion is historic.
Colon is the first Hispanic to achieve the rank of district fire chief in the city. “I realize there is a lot of responsibility just being a district chief in general but being the first Hispanic being a role model now to the Hispanic community,” says Colon.
A role model because Colon made it to where he is today by hard work.
“I want to see if I can talk to community kids because I myself grew up on the streets of New York, in the South Bronx, the projects, so I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” Colon adds.
District Chief Colon was first appointed to the fire department back in 1995, and over the last 17 years, he has worked hard and earned the respect of his fellow firefighters.
“He’s been aggressive in his job. He’s not afraid to discipline people when they need to be disciplined. He volunteers to do extra stuff and he’s conscientious. He loves the job, knows what he needs to do and does it every day,” says Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant.
Mayor Domenic Sarno emphasized the importance of this day.
“Anytime you’re the first, you have to mark that and he becomes a trailblazer , an inspirational leader to his community and also to the rank and file he will lead,” says Sarno.
The new district chief will work out of the White Street fire station.
Colon is looking forward to the next chapter of his proud career,”I’ll be out there representing the community , I’ll try my best to be honorable,” says Colon.