Smith’s Name Added To Firefighters Memorial

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Sep 282020


On Sunday, Sept. 27, the late Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith’s name was added to the Connecticut State Firefighters Memorial in Windsor Locks.

Smith passed away following a motor vehicle accident on January 19, 2020.

His daughters accompanied members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department to the memorial this weekend.

Meet The New Orange Fire Marshal

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Mar 132020

Orange Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent.             (Submitted Photo)

The town of Orange has a new Fire Marshal, James “Jamie” Vincent, who served as Deputy Fire Marshal for the past 20 years, was administered the oath of office at the annual Firemen’s Dinner on Tuesday, March 10, with his family by his side.

After swearing in all of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s officers, the mood shifted as First Selectman Jim Zeoli again rose to the podium to swear Vincent in as the town’s new fire marshal.

Although the fire marshal is a town employee, the venue for the ceremony recognized the close relationship between the Fire Department and the marshal’s office.

It was an emotional few minutes as first Zeoli, then Vincent, spoke fondly about Tim Smith, Vincent’s predecessor and close friend, who died earlier this year. Vincent took the oath as Orange officers rose to attention.

Vincent began working in the fire marshal’s office as a part time fire inspector in June of 1998. He became a full time employee and the Deputy in August 1999.

Whenever Tim Smith spoke to me about retiring, he would say he had full confidence that the office would be in good hands with Jamie.

Zeoli said he waited to appoint Vincent until he (Jamie) and the town had some time to heal from the shock of Tim’s death — he passed away in a car accident on January 19.

Vincent is fully qualified and well trained for his new role. He said no extra training is required as he’d already taken the necessary courses when he joined the office.

Of his new position, he said, “I couldn’t ask for better people. Jim Zeoli, the Fire Department and the staff in the Fire Marshal’s office are all supportive and have been great.”

We wish you many good years in your new position, Jamie. We know everyone will feel welcome when they see your smiling face in the office.


A Show Of Love And Respect For Fire Marshal Tim Smith (and funeral details)

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Jan 212020

Fire Marshal Tim Smith’s turn out gear

Click here for the  Procession video  courtesy of the OVFD.

On late Monday afternoon the Orange Volunteer Fire Department gave the town’s beloved Fire Marshal Tim Smith, who passed away in the line of duty* on Sunday afternoon, a fitting show of love and respect.

Fire trucks, members of the OVFD and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), whom he trained, lined up in front of Fire Station #2 on the Boston Post Road, which was draped with a black shroud in his memory. Tim’s turnout gear was neatly stacked up front and center.

Rescue 1, Engine 34, along with several Orange Police cruisers, Deputy Fire Marshal James Vincent, and others, accompanied Smith’s body to the Cody-White Funeral Home in Milford.

Prior to arriving in Orange, with the assistance of the OVFD and the Connecticut State Police, the body was transported by the Deputy Fire Marshal, OVFD Car 1, and Engine 34 in the motorcade from Farmington to Milford.

Along the route, the brothers and sisters from West Haven Professional Firefighters and Milford Fire Department came out to show their respects, standing on top of their fire trucks on an overpass on I-95 as the procession passed.

Calling hours will be at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 North Broad Street, Milford from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. 

His funeral will take place at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, at 10 a.m. 

*Tim’s passing was in the line of duty because he was working in his official capacity as fire marshal following a fire call in Orange.