Highly Decorated Officer Targeted For Madison Police Hire

Photo Credit: Pem McNerny of Madison Patch

Photo Credit: Pem McNerny of Madison Patch

John Rich, a highly decorated police officer who is currently a lieutenant with the Connecticut State Police and the commanding officer at the division of internal affairs, has been identified as the lead candidate for the second in command at the Madison Police Department.

Rich’s employment was discussed at an executive session of the Board of Selectmen Monday night, and again during open session of the selectmen’s meeting.

The meeting also recognized North Madison teen John Koobatian who earlier this summer saved a drowning dog while on a family outing at Chatfield Hollow.

Also at the meeting, Madison Hose Co. No. 1 Captain Bob Kyttle explained why the all-volunteer fire department, which takes the lead on protecting the heavily populated south end of town that includes the restaurant and retail district, needs an additional budget to purchase 18 portable radios and related equipment “to ensure firefighter safety and to meet FEMA and NFPA recommendations.”

Kyttle said Madison Hose. Co. No. 1 has been carefully evaluating the purchase for about four to five months, making sure that the new equipment works well and matches the town’s new communication system. He said the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that everyone working on an air pack have a portable radio. While the department currently has about 14 radios, the department has more than 30 members.

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