ROTARY RECOGNIZES FIRST RESPONDERS Sturgis, Smith and Castillo


Fireman Edwin Sturgis, EMT Tyler Smith Police Officer Michael Castillo were feted with dinner at the Parish of the Holy Rosary Tuesday evening. Each awardee was chosen for his outstanding service to the community and his department over the past year. The dinner was organized by the Ansonia Rotary Club with support from the Valley Community Foundation and Liberty Bank. City and local officials, Rotary Club members, friends and family of the City’s police, fire and emergency medical departments all joined to applaud the awardees for their recognition. 2019 is the twentieth year that the Rotary Club has hosted the annual public service event.

Club President Lori Veilette introduced Mayor David Cassetti, who in turn introduced each awardee for his meritorious service and presented each with a plaque. In his introduction, the Mayor explained the basis for each selection. State Senator George Logan and State Representative Kara Rochelle also presented each awardee with a proclamation from the Connecticut General Assembly in recognition of their exemplary service.

Fireman Ed Sturgis has served the Webster Hose Co. for over forty-five years, initially as head driver, and more recently he has overseen the development and installation of comprehensive software as well as the automated alarm system. Both EMT Smith and Officer Castillo were cited as outstanding role models and for their assistance in developing and implementing training for other members of their departments.