A tip of the hat to Fire Marshal Steve Trella, who is retiring after more than 40 years with the Meriden Fire Department. Trella started in 1978 as a firefighter, was promoted to deputy fire marshal in 1993, and became fire marshal in 2006.
But Trella spreads the credit around, saying that he was helped by a lot of mentors along the way.
“You can't really prepare for this job until you're doing it,” he said, and that’s “part of being a firefighter … you’re looking to either help someone out or help someone along.”
Trella “definitely left the fire marshal's office better than when he found it,” said Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Dunn. “That is a testament to his leadership.”
Dunn also noted Trella’s dedication to fire prevention education. Protecting the public by promoting fire safety, including smoke detectors, is a big part of the fire marshal’s job, Trella said.
Back in June, members of the Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs joined local and state officials in honoring some of the city’s first responders, including Trella, during a ceremony at the Meriden Green to acknowledge their dedication and professionalism.
“It’s amazing how quickly it goes by,” Trella said at the time about his long period of service. “You don't think about it when you start a career.”
Now that he’s ending that career, Trella deserves the gratitude of the city.