(CBS Connecticut) — On Saturday, August 16th, a dedication of Fairfield Fire Department Marine 28, the “David W. Russell Jr.”, at Port 5, 69 Brewster Street in Bridgeport will be held.

The formal christening of Fairfield Fire Department’s boat will be the newest addition to the rescue capabilities of the department, a vessel acquired from the Bridgeport Fire Department and named after the late Fire Chief David W. Russell who passed a year ago this month.

Chief Russell’s role in water rescue and emergency medical response stemmed in part from the loss of his three-year-old daughter Lauren to a drowning accident, after which he formed a Scuba Rescue Team within the department and was an early proponent for EMS within the fire service.

For more information, please contact Fairfield Fire Chief Richard Felner at 203-254-4713 regarding Saturday’s event.


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