NEW HAVEN His son was 11 when William Gambardella left his house in a snowstorm to take the oral portion of a 2003 civil service test for captain in the Fire Department. His daughter was 6. My son is now going into college, and my daughter is a teenager, Gambardella, 52, a 15-year department member, said after his promotion to captain was approved Tuesday following a half-decade legal fight that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court. Thats how long the process has taken. 14 city firefighters finally promoted- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut and their pay should be retroactive too!