At the regular weekly meeting of the Harwich Board of Selectmen, Chief Norman Clarke Jr was presented with a service pin and certificate for his 40 years of service with the Harwich Fire Department.
Chief Clarke, who attended the meeting to make a presentation to the Chatham Harbormaster and the Harwich Deputy Harbormaster (see separate release for details) was honored in front of family, friends and department members by Deputy Chief Dave LeBlanc.
Chief Clarke was hired in 1977 with three other firefighters as the firefighters work schedule changed from 56 to 42 hours a week. Clarke worked as a paramedic, was involved with many special projects such as apparatus specifications and the construction of the firehouse on Sisson Road. He was promoted to Captain in 1993, Deputy in 2007 and Chief in 2011. Clarke’s dedication and commitment to both the Department and the community is well known and respected.
Chief Clarke is the senior employee of the Town of Harwich. Deputy LeBlanc said, “in the fire service, the senior man is respected and the ‘goto’ person to get things done. Chief Clarke certainly represents that for both the Department and the town.”