Fire Chief Christopher Bright never expected that he would become a firefighter, but today heâ€™s glad he did.
Actually, becoming a firefighter was in his blood, not just because his father Paul Bright Sr. but because Chris Bright has it within him to put others first.
â€œMy father always engrained in me that he had a love for his job and helping people,â€ Chris Bright said. â€œIt influenced me.â€
Growing up in Revere, Chris Bright, a graduate of Suffolk University and a graduate of New England School of Law, was always one who showed his compassion by helping other people. One of his greatest acts of compassion was when he rescued his uncle from the burning family home a couple years ago.
Heâ€™s also known for going out of his way for others, something he has done all his life. He helps strangers without batting an eye. Whatever is needed, he is there. But heâ€™s also a diversified person and fun.
While heâ€™d rather be in the shadows instead of the limelight, Chris Bright is more than worthy to be Revereâ€™s Man of the Year for 2018.
A sign in his office says, â€œKeep Calm and Carry Onâ€ and that exactly what Chris Bright does.
He became a firefighter in February 1986 at the age of 25 today at the age of 57 he still is passionate about the department he leads. This year some of the larger fires that the Revere Fire DepartmentÂ battled were at Sozioâ€™s on Squire Road and the fire at 10 Franklin.
â€œWe do our best to get the job done as a department,â€ saidÂ Bright, who became chief in June of 2016.
â€œI never thought Iâ€™d be chief, I just wanted to be the best firefighter I could,â€ said Chris Bright, who thanks his parents for his calm and cool demeanor. â€œJust live your life and treat people the way you want to be treated. Itâ€™s not that complicated.â€
If Santa Claus is listening, one thing Chris Bright would like to see in the upcoming year is a new fire station at Point of Pines.