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Esposito, Fuller nominated to Veterans Hall of Fame

NORWALK, Conn. – Richard Fuller served as director of the Carver Center and on the Norwalk Board of Education for more than two decades. Frank J. Esposito was the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history. Both served their country in the military during times of war.

Friday, Mayor Harry Rilling announced the nomination of both Norwalk men – both veterans – to the 2014 Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.

Esposito, who died in January 2013, served in the Korean War as a Sergeant 1st Class in the U.S. Army. He was elected to four terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives and served seven terms as mayor of Norwalk.

Fuller, who died in August 2011, was an Air Force Staff Sergeant during the Vietnam War. He was a lifelong citizen of Norwalk with deep roots in the community. Fuller served as director of the Carver Center for over 25 years and served 22 years on the Norwalk Board of Education.  His friends and colleagues honored him with a “Lifetime Humanitarian Award” to acknowledge his selfless life in service to children.

Each of these gentlemen is supported by bipartisan letters of recommendation from many Norwalk leaders, according to an emailed statement from Rilling’s office.

The induction is held each year around Veterans Day.

The Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 2005 by executive order of then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell to increase the awareness of the lifetime contributions of veterans after completion of honorable military service.

The Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame is not a military hall of fame. Those selected for the honor of induction are veterans who honorably served their country through military service and who continue to serve and inspire their fellow man with their deeds and accomplishments throughout their lifetime.

Each year the committee selects at least 10 inductees from applications received from across the state and nation. These veterans have been leaders in a variety of areas, such as arts, education, public service, volunteer activities, and community and business leadership to name a few. Most importantly, they all have made significant impacts on the lives of others and their communities.

To be eligible for the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame the nominee must have served their country honorably in a branch of military service and continued to serve their communities, state and nation after discharge.

The Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame is administered and sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Connecticut Military Department on behalf of the Office of the Governor.

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  1. piberman

    Frank J Esposito was indeed “Norwalk’s Mayor” who knew personally just about everyone and had the “personal touch”. One of his singular contributions was listening to the pleas of homeowners and keeping property taxes virtually unchanged for much of his tenure. That policy was widely credited with encouraging a pronounced appreciation of residential property values.

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