"(NECN: Washington) - New Haven, Connecticut firefighter Frank Ricci testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. Ricci was among a group of firefighters who passed a promotional exam, only to have the city throw out the results because too few minorities qualified for the promotion. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and other members of an appeals court ruled in favor of the city. In his statement, Ricci said, ""Achievement is neither limited nor determined by ones race, but by ones skills, dedication, commitment and character."" "