Assistant Fire Chief Doug Edo, a 33-year veteran of the department, was named Fire Chief Monday night at a special meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners.

“Wow,” Edo said as he sat among family and friends in a packed commission meeting.

Rumors strongly suggested Edo would take over the top seat, but that wasn’t official until Fire Commissioner Kevin McGrath made the announcement. The commission voted him in unanimously.

Edo started as a volunteer firefighter in 1975 and tested and got onto the department in 1979.

Two of his sons — Justin and Brandon — are now Milford firefighters. Doug and Mary Edo have four  grown sons: The other two are Kyle and Travis.

Kyle Edo  said he’s very proud of his father.

“It’s exciting,” Kyle said. “I’m lucky he’s my father."

A very proud Ralph Edo Sr., who is Doug Edo’s father, was among the family in attendance when the announcement was made.

“It’s beautiful,” Ralph Edo said.

 Doug Edo thanked the commission and his family, as firefighters — even some long retired — walked into the meeting to congratulate him.

“I’m looking forward to some changes,” Edo said. “I have some ideas.”

There were five finalists in the fire chief search, which started around the first of the year to fill the seat of retired Chief Louis LaVecchia.

“They were all very good candidates,” McGrath said. “At the end of the day, Doug was chosen because he brings a different approach to the department. He has people skills that will pay dividends to the department.”

McGrath said the salary range for the job is $93,000 to $103,000.

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