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Updated On: May 29, 2013 (08:49:00)


Norwood Fire's three newest members complete their initial training. They have spent the last three weeks being introduced to every aspect of the fire department and next week will begin working with their assigned groups. Congratulations to Firefighters Nick Gulla, Seamus Murphy, and Pat McDonough!


FF Joe Mawn

Updated On: May 21, 2013 (15:19:00)

Norwood Firefighter Joe Mawn deployed to Afghanistan


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By Brad Cole
Posted Apr 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM
 Norwood firefighter/EMT Joe Mawn began his first army deployment on Saturday, April 20.

As a staff sergeant with the United States Army, Mawn will serve a one-year deployment at a detention facility in Afghanistan.

“We’ll be working with, assisting and training Afghans in how to run the facility,” Mawn said.

Mawn expects to arrive in Afghanistan sometime in June. He, and the rest of his unit, will undergo training before going overseas. This training will be both mission specific and a review of the basics, Mawn said.

“I’m looking forward to the upcoming deployment,” Mawn said. “The unit I’m with is well trained, they have good leadership and they’re ready to go for the mission.”

Mawn joined the Army in 2002 and served in active duty through 2005. During this time he served with The Old Guard, the Army’s Honor Guard at Fort Myer in Virginia.

“Their mission is to represent the Army to the nation,” Mawn said. “We did a lot of ceremonial duties.”

One of the most well known duties of the battalion is they serve as the tomb guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Mawn did not serve as a tomb guard, noting that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Guard Identification Badge is the second least-awarded decoration of the United States military, behind the Army Astronaut Badge.

Prior to serving with the Old Guard, Mawn underwent basic training at Fort Sill, Okla., beginning on Aug. 18, 2002. He wanted to enlist after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

“After 2001, I thought it was probably time to serve my country,” Mawn said.

The reason for his re-enlistment was similar.

“I still felt, as a member of the reserves, there was still an opportunity for me to serve,” Mawn said.

He re-enlisted in 2010, and had the full support and backing of the Norwood Fire Department.

“(Norwood Fire) has been 100 percent supportive,” Mawn said. “When I told Chief (Michael) Howard I was re-enlisting, he said ‘I’m proud of you.’ Any time I talked to Acting Chief (Ron) Maggio, he asked, ‘What do you need from me?’ And when I told Chief (Anthony) Greeley that I was deploying, he said ‘We’ll miss you and what do you need us to do for you?’”

The department raised an American service flag to signify Mawn’s service.

“It is with honor that the Norwood Fire Department flies the American Service Flag for Firefighter/EMT Joseph Mawn as he begins his deployment to Afghanistan with the United States Army,” firefighter spokesman George Morrice wrote in an email. “Firefighter Mawn exemplifies the word service as he protects the people of Norwood on the fire department and his country with the Armed Forces. The Norwood Fire Department wishes FF Mawn a safe journey overseas and looks forward to his return after his tour of duty.”

Norwood Fire Promotions

Updated On: Apr 01, 2013 (17:34:00)
Lt. George Morrice, Captain Rob Henry and Lt. George Bent

The Norwood Fire Department would like to announce the recent promotions of three of its members, Lt. Rob Henry to the rank of Captain and FF's George Bent and George Morrice to the rank of Lieutenant.

The promotional exams are open, competitive 80 question exams based on the firefighting books: Fire Company Officer, Fire Inspection & Code Enforcement, First Responder(Medical), Haz Mat for First Responders, National Incident Management System, Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 148, Pumping Apparatus/Driver Handbook, Bldg. Construction Related to the Fire Service, Engine Company Operations, Ladder Company Operations, Collapse of Burning Buildings and Supervision Today.

Passing the exam is the first step in the promotional process, the next step is waiting for a Lieutenant and Captain vacancy to open up.

The individuals with the highest scores are then promoted by Chief Greeley.

Captain Henry is a 30 year veteran of the Norwood Fire Department. He grew up in Norwood, graduated from Norwood High and raised his family in town. Captain Henry holds a Bachelor's Degree from Salem State College.

Lt. Bent came to Norwood Fire via the Norfolk Fire Department. He has been on the department for 6 years with a total of 9 years in the fire service. He lives in Norwood with his wife and holds a Bachelors Degree from Boston University.

Lt. Morrice has been a member of the Norwood Fire Department for 23 years. He grew up in Norwood and graduated from Norwood High School. He lives in Mendon with his wife and four children and has a Bachelors Degree from UMASS Amherst.

The Norwood Fire Department wishes Captain Henry, Lt. Bent and Lt. Morrice the best in their careers as Norwood Fire Department officers.

New Chief Norwood Fire

Posted On: Feb 28, 2013 (14:32:34)
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Norwood's new Fire Chief Anthony Greeley reads over his remarks prior to his Oath of Office Ceremony on Monday, February 11, at Memorial Hall.

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Fire Chief Anthony Greeley is not new to Norwood. He has served the town in the Fire Department for 27 years, and now he is its chief.

The Feb. 11 Oath of Office event was ceremonial, in that Greeley’s formal swearing in took place at Town Clerk Bob Thornton’s office on Monday, Feb. 4, Greeley’s first day as chief.

“This is truly a surreal moment for me. I still can’t believe I’m standing in front of you now, discussing the things we are now,” Greeley said. “I’m honored and I’m humbled to the core is what comes in to my mind. I truly am. It’s going to be a day that I’ll always remember. I’ll always remember today for the rest of my life.”

After taking the oath of office, Melanie Greeley, Anthony’s wife, pinned the Fire Department shield on the new chief’s shirt.

Greeley noted those in attendance, which included the entire Board of Selectmen, Sen. Mike Rush, a number of Norwood’s department heads, firefighters, police officers and many of Greeley’s family members and friends.

“To coin Mr. Lyons’s phrase, I love Norwood too. I really do. I really appreciate you all being here today, and that’s how I want to finish it,” Greeley said. “I want to say thank you. Thank you very, very much.”

Greeley has long been a member of the Norwood Fire Department. He joined the department 27 years ago as a firefighter. Seven years later, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Nine years after this promotion, he was named the department’s Fire Prevention Officer, a position he held for 11 years.

“I know we’re going to have another terrific chief in the Fire Department in Tony,” General Manager John Carroll said, noting Greeley was the best among 24 applicants for the position, which included people from as far away as England. “I was determined to find the best fire chief anywhere for Norwood.”

After reviewing the applicants and interviewing seven candidates, it turned out the best fire chief was already in Norwood.

Selectman Mike Lyons said there was reason to be skeptical of this choice, but after review, acknowledges it is the right one.

“I was actually skeptical of, not necessarily of Tony, but of anyone from inside the department, because it’s such a hard transition to make when you’re asked to supervise people you were working side by side with,” Lyons said. “It’s one of the most difficult things that you can do. It’s hard on all sides, but the more I got to know Chief Greeley, the more I realized that he had what would it would take: the strength of character, the solid knowledge of the department and all the people in it.”

Greeley takes over for Acting Fire Chief Ron Maggio, who has led the department since Chief Michael Howard’s departure last year.

Staff writer Brad Cole can be reached at 781-433-8339 or Like The Norwood Transcript and Bulletin on Facebook and follow @NorwoodTranscri on Twitter.

FF Jack Ferrell

Updated On: Jan 29, 2013 (07:34:00)

 The Norwood Fire Department would like to introduce its newest member Firefighter Jack Farrell.

Jack is a Norwood native who grew up on Pleasant Street and is the son of John and JoAnn Farrell. He attended St. Catherine's and Xaverian, graduated from Norwood High School in 2002 and went on to Wentworth Institute of Technology. Jack is an EMT and is currently in Paramedic school. Farrell lives in Norwood with his wife Stacey. The Norwood Fire Department wishes Jack the best in his career in public service as a Norwood Firefighter.



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