One of Southington’s bravest honored with highest award

The veteran captain of the Southington Fire Department was named the local American Legion’s 2024 Firefighter of the Year.

SOUTHINGTON, CT – A veteran firefighter was honored Monday during the city’s Memorial Day ceremony.

Southington Fire Department Captain Andrew Polzella was named the local American Legion chapter’s 2024 “Firefighter of the Year.”

The Southington-based Kiltonic Post 72-American Legion chapter presented the award.


Winning awards is nothing new for Polzella, who won the SFD’s “Exceptional Service Award” in 2023 at the department’s annual awards ceremony last fall.

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