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City firefighters, following chief’s example, become mentors

February 13, 2017

DANBURY - A mentoring program that pairs volunteer adults with city students got a boost when Danbury Fire Chief T.J. Wiedl encouraged firefighters to consider giving their time to a youth.

The chief himself mentored a student for 10 years, according to a release.

As a result of Wiedl’s testimony, several firefighters have become mentors with the Danbury Schools and Business Collaborative, according to a release.

“I’m reaching out to retired firefighters as well,” Wiedl said in a prepared statement.

More than 50 students are currently on a waiting list for mentors, the release said. The program is looking for 12 men to mentor high school boys and 45 other mentors to volunteer in the workplace learning e-mentoring program, according to the release.

For information call program Director Mary Gregory at 203-797-4845.