Walking Into the Flames: Discussion With Connecticut Firefighters

One of the most basic functions of local government is to protect its citizens. We talk with a panel of local firefighters who do just that.

When a fire breaks out, many Connecticut towns have volunteer forces that go to the rescue. What draws firefighters to this profession that includes a lot more than just fighting fires? Some Connecticut firefighters are even taking it a step further, and are going out west to help fight forest fires.


  • James O'Neil - President of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association
  • Matthew Troy - Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and past lieutenant of the Hebron Fire Department
  • Kori Kelly - Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technical in Middletown
  • Christopher Martin - Director of Forestry for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection