2018 Parade Marshal
Dennis graduated from Eli Whitney High School in Hamden and entered the US Navy reserve Program. Dennis transferred to the US Marine Corp and was assigned to HMH 363 Heavy Helicopter Squadron Santa Ann California. Dennis was transferred to Japan and then South Vietnam. Upon retune from Vietnam, he was assigned to Andrews Air Force Base in support of the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Marine Officers from the Pentagon. Dennis left active duty 1979 and returned to Connecticut.
In 1980 he received his heating, cooling and refrigeration license and work for the Marriott Corporation until being hired by United Technologies in 1984 where he worked as an Environmental, Health and Safety Manager until his retirement from United Technologies in 2005.
In 1995, while working for UTC, Dennis joined the Connecticut Air National Guard. He deployed many times to assist with drug interdiction and enforcement efforts in Colombia and Texas. In 1991 he volunteered as one of the first chemical detection team members to be deployed to Saudi Arabia. Upon returning, Dennis continued taking classes from Homeland Security/FEMA and became an instructor in terrorism prevention for both public and emergency services.
He was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corp Good Conduct (2), Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, National Defense Service Medal (2), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Air Force Reserve Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon and the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal.
Dennis continued to assist the country and his community by serving as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Dennis served for more than 10 years with the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, rising to the rank of Captain. He was recognized as the Exchange Club’s Firefighter of the year in 2012. In 2015 Dennis was honored as the Windsor Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
Dennis left the fire department to volunteer with the Windsor Volunteer Ambulance and rose to the rank of President from 2010 to 2016 and stills continues to serves as an EMT today.
When he is not working as an EMT Dennis volunteers with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Team member assisting local residents whom have been involved in a fire. He has also deployed nationally in the past year to assist in Houston, Texas and South Bend Indiana during major flooding events. Dennis still finds time to be an active member with the Windsor/Windsor Locks Rotary Club and the Windsor Romano Club.
Dennis, Sally, wife of 41 years, and their two daughters moved to Windsor in 2001. His family has been a great support to him over these many years.