Lieutenant to take over as Goshen fire chief

  • Lt. Cameron Lacey, who will become Goshen’s fire chief on June 20, with his wife, Jillian, and son Connor. CONTRIBUTED

Staff Writer
Published: 6/11/2021 2:21:14 PM

GOSHEN — Lt. Cameron Lacey, 30, a Goshen firefighter with a family history in the department, will succeed retiring Fire Chief Susan Labrie, a move she and the department back.

“He’s got the full support of the department,” Labrie said. “Everybody has confidence in him that he’ll do a great job.”

Labrie’s last day on the job is June 19, with Lacey’s appointment as chief taking effect June 20.

In addition to having served as chief since 2006, Labrie is also the first female fire chief in Massachusetts history.

“It’s some big shoes to fill,” Lacey said. “I hope I can make her proud.”

Lacey grew up in Goshen, and Labrie has known him since he was a boy. “I’ve been working side by side with him for a long time,” she said.

He was a member of the Plainfield Fire Department from 2008 to 2012, joining the Goshen Fire Department in 2012 when he moved back to town.

His father and sister were both members of the Goshen Fire Department, and his father was one of the Select Board members who voted to appoint Labrie as chief.

Lacey said that he wasn’t going to apply for the chief’s job at first, but the department’s officers talked him into it.

Labrie said that when she notified her officers that she would be retiring, they talked among themselves and decided Lacey was the candidate they wanted to bring forward.

“He’s a good level-headed guy, committed to the community,” Labrie said. “We all thought that he’d be a good successor.”

Lacey works for the Cummington Highway Department and the day before he interviewed for the job with the Select Board, his wife gave birth to their second child.

“They were surprised to see me,” he said.

The Select Board interviewed Lacey for the job as well as a candidate from South Hadley and appointed him May 20.

Lacey had positive things to say about the transition process.

“Sue’s been a great help with training,” Lacey said.

Labrie had similar things to say about the transition.

“He’s been going to all of the inspections that I have been doing,” she said. “He’s been very eager to learn.”

Lacey also expressed gratitude that Labrie will be staying in the community and that she will remain as a resource whom he can call.

“I’m very thankful that she’s going to be available,” Lacey said.

Labrie noted that in addition to herself, Lacey will have access to a strong network of area chiefs.

As for what he intends to do as chief, Lacey said that he has a strong interest in safety and will look at standard operating guidelines to make them even safer. He also said that he wants to continue Labrie’s legacy in the department.

“She has brought the department so far,” he said.

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