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"You know it’s overwhelming to have this many members of the department, my family and the citizens show up to show me support. It really puts it into perspective for me of what I’m here to do which is serve, and I’m going to do the best job that I can," said Lahey.
Lahey's wife Sarah of 20 years felt honored to be included in the ceremony.
"I’m so excited for him he really earned it and deserves it,” she said. “It’s great to see him grow into that role. He's given a challenge and he meets it head on."
Today, they celebrate, but soon Lahey will be busy with work. He says some of the first changes will be made to his staff of leaders.
"We can’t just be leaders we have to serve the public so being a servant leader being able to understand when it’s our time to lead and when it’s our time to serve is important. Having compassion for the citizens of
Lahey admits he wanted the position last time around when Chief Biggs was chosen. He stood right by her side when she was sworn in, but now it’s his turn.
"He’s been in a lot of different roles in the fire department so it’s great to see him grow into that role," said Mrs. Lahey.
Lahey has a long resume of positions and accomplishments within the department since joining 18 years ago.
"I think all those things combined have rounded me out so that I’ll be able to be successful as a fire chief," said Lahey.