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Westport Firefighters Return to Duty

Drive by Westport Fire Headquarters on Post Road East and you might notice a subtle difference. The military service flag is no longer flying alongside the American flag. That's because Connecticut National Guard sergeants Tom Richmond and Nick Marsan have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan respectively, and on Wednesday morning, resumed their jobs as Westport firefighters.

And their first act of duty as firefighters was to lower the service flag that had been flying in their honor since they left for war last year.

Lt. Richmond served in Iraq with the National Guard 143 ASG as a medic assigned to the Logistical Military Advisory Team, where he directly advised the Iraq Medical Commander in the Wasit Province, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Yost said in a statement.

Firefighter Marsan was stationed in Afghanistan with A Company, I-102 INF for Task Force Iron Grays. He participated in Joint Operations with the Afghan Army in the Laghman Province.

"The Westport Fire Department is proud of the service Tom and Nick have done for their country and are grateful for their return to us," Yost said. "Please take a moment to remember those brave men and women who continue to serve on our behalf."

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