David was a 36-year member of the New Britain Fire Department, serving as deputy chief for 22 years, until his death at age 59.
David’s passion for firefighting began early in life. As a teen he volunteered for his hometown fire department, already sure he wanted to make it his career. After high school, David enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, spending most of his military commitment on airbases as a member of fire rescue crash crews. After his military service, David was hired as a professional firefighter and moved through the ranks quickly. On the job he was a leader, mentor, teacher, and confidante to many of his colleagues. Quiet but courageous, David led by example. He encouraged others to be successful and took pride in the accomplishments of fellow firefighters. He respected his brother and sister firefighters, and he became one of the most respected individuals in the department and the city.
In addition to his firefighting career, David volunteered countless hours coaching youth sports, where he was a mentor and role model to children and families. Many of those individuals whose lives he positively impacted still refer to him as “Coach Fiori.” David was also a big supporter of the New Britain High School football program. He spent many Friday nights as team statistician, while also cheering on his sons playing on the field. David believed that sports were the foundation of discipline for our youth and was happy to help however he could.
David had a passion for gardening and cooking. He enjoyed tending his vegetable garden and was an outstanding cook, trying new recipes and cooking for his family at home and at the firehouse. He was the “go to guy” for meal planning and preparation when the firefighters hosted fundraisers. Over the years his pasta recipes have fed hundreds. David loved spending time on Cape Cod with his family. He took great pleasure in clamming, fishing, and kayaking the ponds and beaches. He enjoyed the tranquility of the Cape and cherished sharing that special time with his wife and children.
David’s family meant the world to him. He was a devoted husband, brother, son, and an amazing father. David took pride in his marriage and in the accomplishments of his children. He was their biggest fan and would stop at nothing to help them. His thoughtfulness, determination, and playful personality will live on in their lives.
While his family was most important in his life, David held a special place in his heart for his firefighting family. The strong bonds that he forged with his brothers and sisters in the department are everlasting, and the impact of his leadership will positively affect the department for years to come.