Captain Crean grew up in Torrington and graduated from Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in 2008. He started in the fire service in 2007 with the Torringford Volunteer Fire Department. In 2010 he moved to New Hartford and joined the New Hartford Fire Department. He is a certified Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and has been a 911 dispatcher for the last 5 years at Northwest Public Safety. He was promoted to Captain in late 2022.