The website regrets to announce the passing last Tuesday, October 11, 2011, of Hamden Fire Commissioner Duane K. Wetmore, who also was a prominent member and past captain of the Mix District Volunteer Fire Co. No. 7. Commissioner Wetmore's father, the late Clement Wetmore, served as Supt. of Alarms and Apparatus from 1941 until his retirement in 1968. Wetmore's brother, Paul Wetmore, Sr., a 34-year veteran of the Hamden Fire Department, served as the department's fourth career fire chief from 1993 until 1996.
Funeral services for Comm. Wetmore were held Saturday morning, October 15th, at the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church.
The members of the HFRA extend their condolences to the Wetmore family.
Humphrey Hook & Ladder Company
c. 1911 - This is the one and only known photo of the Humphrey's hand-drawn hose wagon. This photo is owned by Joe Taylor, who has amassed an outstanding collection of old Hamden photos, including numerous photos of various Hamden fire companies. The HFRA thanks Mr. Taylor for his generosity in permitting the reproduction of this photo on our website.
November 1984 - Chief John Tramontano poses with one of two new Pierce Dash 1000 GPM pumpers at the Pierce factory in Appleton, Wisconsin.
c. 1957 - This fixer-upper, a mid 1950s Cadillac convertible, is delivered to the Sunoco station that was once operated by the Murray family. Note the Glenwood Drive-In shown in the background. The original building was razed in January 1965. The present building was erected a few feet north of the original building. (Sneiderman photo)