WOODBURY – A volunteer firefighter since she was a teenager, Fire Chief Janet B. Morgan was unanimously re-elected June 12 as head of the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department for a two-year term.
Morgan has served as chief since 2004 and was unopposed in the biennial firefighters’ vote for fire department officers. Wearing several hats, Morgan also is town fire marshal and chairs the Region 14 School Board.
In another key post, Dave Lampart, a 13-year veteran, was elected deputy chief. Lampart, a former diesel engine mechanic, is emergency management coordinator for the Town of Woodbury. He replaces William Garms who declined to stand for reelection in order to devote more time to his electrical contracting business.
Kurt Gengenbach was elected captain of the Orenaug Company. Assisting him is Steve Cunningham as first lieutenant and Mark Mastrangelo as second lieutenant. Gengenbach has his own IT firm, Cunningham is a computer security consultant, and Mastrangelo is a master chef.
The Hotchkissville Company re-elected Captain Corey Shaker, CEO of the automobile retail firm bearing his family name. Andy Heavens, a special-needs teacher, was elected first lieutenant. Chris Start, an independent building contractor, was renamed to the second lieutenant post.
“We are proud to represent a cross-section of the community,” Morgan said. “When you look at what people do, you see an impressive range of ability, initiative, and creativity. They bring that same determination to firefighting and public safety.” Morgan added she looks forward to the formal installation of the officers during the annual awards dinner June 29th at the J&J Country Tavern, Southbury.
Morgan will also reveal the results of votes for the WVFD’s Most Valuable Member and Fireman of the Year at the event.