SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Longtime Springfield Fire Captain Stan Skarzynski finished a nearly three decade career with the department Friday.
For 28 years, Firefighter and Capt. Stan Skarzynski has protected the lives and property for the City of Springfield.
Friday, he called it a career.
“This career has been a marvelous opportunity to serve the people of Springfield. This is the greatest job in the world as I’m sure anybody else here in uniform will go to. It has been an honor to be able to do that and it’s been a privilege to be able to work with all these firefighters,” says Skarzynski.
Skarkzynski made his mark in virtually every area in the Springfield Fire Department, but perhaps his proudest achievement has been mentoring the latest generations of Springfield firefighters, serving as Director at the Norris Quinn Fire Training Center
“…Tremendously rewarding, to be able to see raw civilians come in here and 12 weeks later walk out of here and run into burning peoples. That’s on my business card that I teach people to run into burning buildings, is very rewarding to watch them progress through their career,” Skarkzynski adds.
Fire Comissioner Joseph Conant says his drive to protect the citizens of Springfield was unmatched
“He always brought enthusiasm. He genuinely cared about the department and he brought that to work every single day. In fact, he was a historian for the fire department, so he cared about the history. He cared about the legacy and he cared about the job tremendously,” Conant says.
Mayor Domenic Sarno declared May 3 to be Capt. Stan Skarzynski Day, saying Capt. Stan went above and beyond the call of duty.
“He also gave them important wisdom and advice on how to handle situations on or off the fire scene…the camaraderie…very well liked, very well respected,” says Sarno.
Capt. Stan says what he will miss most is all of the great people he had the honor of working with over the last 28 years.