Milford fire chief is this year’s Italian-American of the Year

The Milford Columbus Committee has named its Italian-American of the Year and he is a face many will recognize from his two very different professions. Douglas A. Edo – Milford Fire Chief and a musician with a popular local band, will be named Milford’s Italian-American of the Year for 2015 at the Annual Milford Columbus Committee Dinner Dance.

By day, Edo watches over the city as chief of the Milford Fire Department, and by night he can be found playing bass with the popular band RumRunners.

Milford’s eighth fire chief began his career as a firefighter in 1980. He moved up through the ranks and became chief in 2013.

A Milford native and graduate of Foran High School, he holds many certifications and recognitions for his daytime line of work.

His side job requires him to have fun. The RumRunners, formed in 1998, have played all over Connecticut and beyond, raising money and awareness for many local charities and events. These include The American Lung Association, The Connecticut Burn Camp, Breast Cancer Awareness, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation to name a few.

In addition, many schools and youth programs have benefited from the RumRunners doing what they love.

Also being honored this year are George J. Amato Jr., with a Special Achievement Award, and Sandy S. Vigilio, with a Special Recognition Award.

Amato is known around Milford for being a dedicated community activist and political leader. He has sat on various boards over the years.

Vigilio is best known for her involvement with the Milford Hospital Auxiliary. She has spent many years volunteering in the Milford Hospital gift shop and at auxiliary events.

The Milford Columbus Committee also will award scholarships to three students from Milford. This year’s recipients are Shaina Arsenault, Dante Esposito and Paul Flynn.

The committee realizes the value of education and how it helped each of them in their own lives, event organizers said.

To date, the committee has awarded over $200,000 to Milford students.

Comprised of 25 Italian-American members, the Columbus Committee represents a cross section of professionals and business people in the Milford community.

The dinner dance takes place on Friday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange. Call Jim Birarelli at 203-877-8980 for tickets.