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Long commitment to community seen

July 17, 2012
The Herald-Star

The traits of hard work, dedication and the willingness to serve the residents of Steubenville were proudly displayed recently when five members of the city's fire department were officially promoted.

Included in that group was Carlo Capaldi, who became the city's newest fire chief.

A 20-year veteran of the department, Capaldi will succeed Terri English in that post. English, the city's first female firefighter, retired in February after 28 years on the department and had served as chief since 2001.

Capaldi had been one of three assistant chiefs who have been handling the chief's responsibilities. The new chief said he was proud and excited to begin his new job, and, while he said no immediate changes are in the works, he does plan to continue to look at ways the department can be more cost-efficient.

Promoted along with Capaldi were Frank DeLeonardis, now an assistant chief; Rob Wright and Steve Schaefer, now captains; and Porter Helsel, now a lieutenant and mechanic.

The five have worked together for some time, and that experience will be valuable to the department, as Mike Taylor, an assistant chief, and Cathy Davision, the city manager, said following their swearing-in ceremony. As Taylor said, members of the fire department are a family. That sense of cohesiveness is good for residents of Steubenville.

Congratulations, then, to the five members of the city's fire department who recently received their promotions.

Their titles might have changed, but the longstanding commitment they have demonstrated toward their community has not.

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