During that time, he also received his heating, cooling and refrigeration license and worked for the Marriott until being hired by United Technologies in 1984 where he worked as an Environmental, Health and Safety Manager until his retirement from United Technologies in 2005.
Dennis has been awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corp Good Conduct (2), Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, National Defense Service Medal (2), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal(2), Air Force Longevity Service Award (4), Air Force Reserve Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon and the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal.
Dennis served his country and local community by serving as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He served for more than 10 years with the Windsor Fire Department, rising to the rank of Captain. He has been recognized as the Exchange Club's Firefighter of the Year, Member of the Year and Officer of the Year.
Dennis left the fire department to volunteer with the Windsor Volunteer Ambulance where he continues today as the chief operating officer (CEO). While volunteering with the ambulance, he still finds time to be a member of the Windsor/Windsor Locks Rotary and is the incoming president for 2015-2016.
Dennis received the Chamber's Citizen of the Year award in 2015.
Dennis, Sally, his wife of 38 years, and their two daughters have lived in Windsor since 2001. His family has been n a great support to him over these many years. Dennis' motto is “Don't say you can't do something unless you have tried and have given it your all”