A White Hills firefighter was among those honored at a statewide Exchange Club event that recognized outstanding firefighters from around Connecticut.

Almost 60 people from Shelton traveled to the Aqua Turf in Southington to pay tribute to Assistant Fire Chief Edward Tevolitz, a 23-year member of Shelton’s White Hills Volunteer Fire Company No. 5.

Known as “E.T.” to many, Tevolitz has served as a firefighter, driver/operator, instructor, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief since joining the department in 1991.

According to local officials, Tevolitz “exemplifies the meaning of honor, courage and respect. He is an outstanding firefighter, motivational instructor, and inspirational leader. But best of all, E.T. simply likes being called ‘Brother.’”

Among those in attendance were many members of various Shelton fire companies, family members, friends, Shelton Exchange Club members and Mayor Mark Lauretti.

Honorees active in fire prevention

The annual ceremony on Oct. 17 recognized 20 Connecticut firefighters from communities with active local Exchange Clubs.

Firefighters were selected who represented high ideals and accomplishments in fire prevention. The event is part of a club’s service program focusing on fire prevention.

The Exchange Club is a service organization of men and women working to make communities better places to live by highlighting Americanism, community service, youth activities, and the prevention of child abuse.