Promotion and other retirements announced
By Ron Ayotte, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Marlborough Fire Chief Kevin Breen recently announced the retirements of several longtime members of the Marlborough Fire Department as well as a promotion.
The most recent retirement was of Captain/EMT Stephen L. Krysa, who was affectionately known as “the Colonel.” Krysa retired on Feb. 25 after a 35-year career. He was appointed in 1987 and was stationed as a firefighter at Station 3. He was promoted to Lieutenant in November 1997 and then promoted to Captain in January 2017.
Firefighter/EMT Gary Lazaros, a resident of Hudson, retired on Jan. 24 after a 33-year career. Lazaros was appointed in April of 1988 and spent his entire career on Battalion 3, most of it assigned to Rescue 1 out of headquarters.
Firefighter/EMT Joseph Popek, a resident of Marlborough, retired on Feb. 18 after a 33-year career. He was appointed in April of 1988 and served his career on Battallion 4, most of it at the Pleasant Street firehouse on Engine 2.
The most recent promotion was that of Firefighter/EMT Jonathan T. Ayotte, who was promoted to provisional Lieutenant on Jan. 31. Ayotte started his fire service career as a per diem firefighter for the town of Lincoln in 2010. In 2012, he was hired as a fire alarm dispatcher for the town of Weston as well as being appointed to their call fire department. He was appointed to the Marlborough Fire Department in 2013. He is a Marlborough resident who also works per diem at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. He is currently assigned to Battalion 1, Engine 3 at the Boston Post Road East firehouse.
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