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Hartford Fire Chief Reginald Freeman Gets To Work Mending A Damaged Department

Hartford Fire Chief Reginald Freeman Gets To Work Mending A Damaged Department

HARTFORD — Six weeks into his tenure as Hartford's fire chief, Reginald Freeman has started to personalize his office at the public safety complex on High Street.

Among the plaques and framed pictures is a photograph on the shelf behind his desk. It's a snapshot of Freeman and retired Hartford firefighter Frank Zazzaro taken in Zazzaro's West Hartford home shortly after Freeman started work.

"He sent me a letter welcoming me to the job and I thought, if the man can take the time to write a letter, I can take the time to pay him a visit," Freeman said.

The letter from Zazzaro, who retired in 1980, was dated Feb. 2, the day after Freeman began work in...

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