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5/20/2016 - Mayor Ganim Appoints Henry Polite as New Bridgeport Fire Marshal




Mayor Joseph P. Ganim                         Fire Department

Bridgeport, CT                                       Bridgeport, CT


For Immediate Release                                                      For More Information:

May 20, 2016                                                                       Av Harris (203) 814-7992

-Press Release-

Mayor Ganim Names Veteran Fire Inspector Henry Polite as New Bridgeport Fire Marshal

Polite 28-year Veteran of Bridgeport Fire Department; will Oversee Fire Safety Inspections and Fire Investigations


Bridgeport – Mayor Joe Ganim announced today that he has appointed veteran fire inspector Henry Polite as Bridgeport’s next Fire Marshal.  Polite is a 28 year-veteran of the Bridgeport Fire Department and has served as a Senior Inspector in the Fire Marshal’s division since 2010.  As Fire Marshal he will oversee a 21-person division responsible for fire safety inspections and fire investigations in the city of Bridgeport.  He is the second African-American to serve as Fire Marshal in Bridgeport.  Polite becomes Fire Marshal following the retirement last month of longtime Bridgeport Fire Marshal William Cosgrove.   


“We are grateful for Bill Cosgrove’s many years of service and we are also very proud to have veteran fire inspector Henry Polite take over as Fire Marshal,” said Mayor Ganim.  “As Marshal Henry will oversee critical fire safety inspections and investigate the causes of fires.  Henry has a keen eye gained over decades of experience and reflects the diversity in leadership we will have going forward.”


Polite previously served as a firefighter and Lieutenant in the East End of Bridgeport on truck and ladder six.  He also later served as a pumper-engineer, and fire inspector starting in 2000.