Brookfield Fire Chief David Masirovits took the oath of office on Jan. 6, surrounded by a large contingent of family members, friends, former colleagues and current co-workers.
Masirovits officially took the oath on Oct. 1 at the township trustees’ meeting, but officials had promised a more casual public reception once his immediate family members had the opportunity to move to Brookfield from South Carolina, where the family lived before his hiring in Brookfield.
“In the fire service, when somebody’s promoted or somebody’s hired, it’s sometimes customary to have the badge pinned on by either a mentor of theirs, a loved one or both,” said Trustee Dan Suttles, a retired Warren firefighter. “That’s why we’re gonna recreate this, so that the chief’s wife is gonna pin his badge on for him.”
In addition to Masirovits’ wife, Holly, Masirovits shared the day with his son, one of his daughters, his father, his brother, his stepmother, an aunt, cousins, “some long-lost friends,” his “first partner in EMS,” and several of the men he now supervises, he said.
Trustees Ron Haun and Gary Lees also attended.
Masirovits described his first three months on the job as “Busy. Very busy. Very time-consuming. (I’ve) gotten a lot done.”
His priorities for 2019 include getting body work done on the ladder truck, implementing more policies and procedures, and improving relations with surrounding communities.
He offered high praise for the firefighters on staff.
“There men are the greatest, the absolute greatest,” he said. “Wouldn’t trade them for the world.”
The event was hosted by the Brookfield Township Volunteer Fireman’s Auxiliary.