Wilton Police have said farewell to Lt. Stephen Brennan, who resigned after 22 years with the department last month to become a firefighter with the Greenwich Fire Department. Brennan was one of five new recruits sworn in by the Greenwich Fire Department last Friday, July 28. After three weeks training in house in Greenwich, he’ll have to complete 15 weeks at the Connecticut Fire Academy.

Brennan told the Greenwich Free Press on Friday, “This has been my life long dream. The Greenwich Fire Department has an incredible reputation.”

Brennan was one of the first members of the Wilton Bike Patrol and helped define Wilton’s program. He went on to work with the police explorer group and was later assigned as a School Resource Officer working in Wilton’s schools. He was a member of the Wilton Dive team and eventually became a certified trainer and leader.

Wilton Police Chief John Lynch called Brennan “an active officer in many facets of the department,” and “one who worked hard at succeeding.”

“Steve was a very reliable employee and mentored many over his 20 year career. He always carried his passion to be a firefighter and decided to pursue that career. Steve will be missed but he will do very well in his next career,” Lynch says.

Brennan holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University, and he completed a Bachelor’s degree in management from Central Connecticut State University. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Trumbull, and is licensed as an EMT. Brennan holds Firefighter 1 and HazMat Operations certifications, and is also a PADI master scuba diver and trainer.