photo: Wilton Firefighters Local 2233

Despite the downpour of Tropical Storm Elsa, the mood inside the headquarters of the Wilton Fire Department was much sunnier on Friday, July 9. That morning, members of the department and guests gathered for the town’s first promotion ceremony held indoors since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wilton Fire was celebrating William Wilson, who was promoted from lieutenant to the position of Fire Captain.

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Wilson has been a firefighter serving the town of Wilton for exactly 16 years and one day. He was originally assigned to the department’s C Shift under Capt. Kevin Czarnecki and Lt. Louis Ianaccone (ret.).

Wilson became a lieutenant in 2015 and served for an extended period of time as an acting shift captain. He currently is a member of the department’s Health & Safety Team and will soon become a member of the Fairfield County HazMat Team. Wilson volunteers to oversee all of the department’s hazmat meters and was a member of Wilton’s Dive Team.

During his career with the Wilton Fire Department, Wilson has earned meritorious recognition multiple times for his outstanding work.

He also has previous volunteer firefighting experience with the Trumbull Volunteer Fire Co. from 1999-2007.

Wilson lives in Hamden with his wife, Marie, and their two children.