Branford Deputy Fire Chief dies after being hit by train

Former Branford Fire Deputy Chief and Deputy Fire Marshal Ronald Mullen (WTNH)


BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Branford fire officials confirmed Thursday morning that one of their Deputy Chiefs has died after being struck by a train Wednesday night.

Deputy Chief and Deputy Fire Marshal Ronald Mullen was struck by Shoreline East communter train #1699 around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday night. Capt. Geoffrey Morgan told News 8 that the fatal strike occurred in the area of Pleasant Point Road in Branford.

- FILE - Ron Mullen talks with News 8 after a 2014 fire. (WTNH)
– FILE – Ron Mullen talks with News 8 after a 2014 fire. (WTNH)

Original Story: Person killed after being struck by train in Branford

On Thursday morning, the Branford Fire Department released the following statement:

It is with deep regret, we relay news of the sudden passing of Deputy Chief/Deputy Fire Marshal Ronald R. Mullen. Deputy Chief Mullen joined the Branford Fire Department as a cadet member in 1976 and became a member of the career staff in 1981. Over his nearly four decade career, he was one of the most respected Incident Commanders, fire investigators, and educators in the state. Details of arrangements will be forwarded when they become available.

Mullen, who was born and raised in Branford, spent almost 40 years with the department. Fellow Deputy Chief John Masci remembered his colleague in a brief statement Thursday afternoon.

A tremendous fire officer, smart, dedicated, educated. A huge loss for our community.

Connecticut DOT and Amtrak police are continuing their investigation.

- FILE - Ron Mullen talks with News 8 at the scene of fire in 2014. (WTNH)
– FILE – Ron Mullen talks with News 8 at the scene of fire in 2014. (WTNH)

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