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Bow Fire Chief Mitchell Harrington (right) with Peter Horemiotis, one of two brothers Harrington, then a volunteer firefighter in Lincoln, helped rescue from the East Branch Pemigewasset River in 1999. 

Fire Chief, Bow Fire Department

Birthplace: Lincoln

Family: Five siblings; wife, Amy; and three children, Maggie, Mackenzie and Merric

High school: Lin-Wood

College/post grad degrees: Associate’s in Fire Science, Bachelor’s in Business Management

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Players win games and coaches lose games. Starting out in any career you will accomplish more as a team player. Contribute to, complement, and learn from the team. If you are fortunate to fill a leadership role, either formally or informally, own it. If the team fails, you failed the team.

Why did you choose your profession?

My father and older brothers served as volunteer firefighters. I was “that kid” always hanging around the firehouse. A high school teacher suggested I pursue a firefighting career, as he recognized my passion and aptitude. Most intriguing was the diverse skills and knowledge needed to do the job. You are always learning something new, challenging, and exciting.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

Growing up in a small northern New Hampshire town, being engaged in the tightknit community was part of life. Whether on the town ski slope, Independence Day celebrations, helping a struggling family, or haunted hayrides to fund the local fire department – strong work ethic, compassion, integrity, and cooperation were ever-present. I believe we have a civic responsibility to prepare our youth and I am hopeful to project these values onto the next generation.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Work hard; be competitive, fair, and reasonable. You will be taken advantage of – sometimes painful, most of the time good, but all of the time it is an opportunity to learn and grow.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

I will be 40 in a few months and am looking forward to Amy and I raising our children over the next several precious years. Career wise I will continue to be a good steward of our organization, serving the department, and the Town of Bow.

Volunteer activities: Youth Soccer coach (past), Youth Flag Football Coach, Boy Scout Adult Leader, Capital Area Fire Mutual Aid Board of Directors, Central NH HazMat Team Oversight Committee, Career Counseling.

Last major achievement: Bow Rotary Vocational Service Award