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Westport Firefighters Move Up Ladder

Two weeks after Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury was promoted, two more Westport firefighters also moved up the ranks.

On Monday afternoon, firefighter Peter Janulis was promoted to lieutenant, and Lt. John Plofkin was promoted to assistant chief. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff swore both in to their new positions.

Janulis, a 23-year veteran of the department, has been awarded many Captain Duffy citations for his lifesaving efforts. He is co-founder of the departments Helping Hands program, which provides assistance to Westport senior citizens.

Born and raised in Bridgeport, Janulis attended Housatonic Community College and University of Albany-SUNY, where he became a licensed registered nurse. Outside of the department, he helps rescues injured and homeless animals in Bridgeport and is also a volunteer with the Fairfield Easton Medical Reserve Corps. He and his wife Barbara live in Fairfield.

Plofkin joined the department in April 1995, and he has served as a lieutenant since 2003. A graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, he attended the National Fire Academy and has a number of certifications from the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.

Like Janulis, Plofkin has received many citations for his lifesaving efforts throughout his career. Outside of the department, Plofkin coaches and plays baseball. He and his wife Cheryl live in Trumbull with their two children.

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