NORWOOD - The Board of Chiefs of the Norwood Fire Department recently recognized Robert Haggett for his many years of devotion to the fire department and the community of Norwood.
Through his tenure the past eight years as parade chairman, the Fourth of July parade has grown from about 20 units of firemen and fire and rescue trucks into a community wide event consisting of 70-80 units with close to 30 floats and nearly 900 participating in the parade with another 8,000 viewing it.
Local businesses are very much involved and have a friendly competition vying for the top three float trophies.
From the World of Dr. Seuss is an example of Bobs creativity and insight into setting a theme for the days parade; adding to the pleasure of the viewers.
Unfortunately, local politics have entered the fray, according to a release from the Board of Chiefs, and Mr. Haggett has chosen to turn the event back over to the fire department. The fire department is very thankful for his time and dedication to the department. Bob continues serving the department as manager of the famous Norwood Brass Firemen, a position he has held for over 40 years, the release said.
Bob had already started prepping for next year and bands for next years parade have been hired. The 2014 parade theme will be: Once Upon A Time.