Pictured above, with Mayor Brown, is Father Joe, to the left, shaking the hand of Fire Lt. James O. Otwell, the new head of the city's Fire Investigations Unit.
There's couple stories that go with the picture.
First, about the man called Father Joe.
He attended the promotional ceremony for Lt. Otwell and two new deputy fire commissioners - Capt. Vincent Muscarella and Lt. Jonathan Eaton - Wednesday.
With the sun beating down on the dry grass, Father Joe started out saying that some asked him to pray for good weather because the promotional ceremony was outside Wednesday. Others however, asked him to pray for rain because we haven't had much lately.
So in his opening prayer, Father Joe expressed thanks for the nice weather.
And when the ceremony ended, he proclaimed it was OK now to rain.
And Part 2
This part is about Lt. Otwell.
For months now, I've been hearing about Lt. Otwell from rank-and-file firefighters hoping to see Otwell get a leadership post in the Fire Department.
They spoke about Otwell with pride, talking about his 20 years with the Fire Department, and 25 years with the military, that included his leading multinational teams in reconstruction of war-torn and developing countries including Iraq, where he earned two superior service awards as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves.
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