It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Selectman Joseph Higgins, Jr. Mr. Higgins served on the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Branford for the past 6 ½ years. He was an incredible man that dedicated his entire life to public service.
Prior to his service in Branford Joe served for more than 40 years as an FDNY dispatcher, becoming the Deputy Director of Dispatch Operations. He also served as a FDNY Fire Commissioner's Liaison before retiring to Branford in 2006. He was serving on the ground with the leadership team during 9-11 and the loss of so many close friends weighed heavily on his heart. Joe was the keynote speaker at our annual 9-11 remembrance ceremonies. He focused his message towards the children believing the best way to honor the lost was to teach our young people about the immense sacrifice made to save others. The departments and communities he served over many years benefited from his experience and his wisdom, and we are honored to have had him serve as Selectman in our town for the past 6 ½ years.
Our deepest condolences go to out to his wife Angie, daughter Michele, her husband Michael, and grandsons, Nicholas and Joseph.