In addition to being a veteran photographer, John Mongillo, Jr. was also a reporter for The New Haven Register. John was one of several reporters who covered a devastating apartment building explosion thirty-four years ago this week in Whitneyville. Check it out below.
Apartment Explosion 1181 Whitney Avenue Tuesday, October 18, 1977
Off-duty Hamden firefighter Ralph Tomaselli was working his part-time job at Stone's Sunoco station at Whitney and Auger when a gas-fed explosion destroyed an
apartment building right across the street at 1181 Whitney Avenue. Ralph, along with fellow employee Wolfram Kaminskas
and by-stander Gary Jones, immediately rushed into the burning debris in an attempt to rescue two elderly victims. CLICK on The New Haven Register article below for the story.
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Firefighter Ralph Tomaselli and Civilians Recognized for Heroic Efforts Following Blast
Annual Dinner at the Hamden Elks' Lodge, April 6, 1978 - Hamden Firefighters' Association president Bob Slater presents the 1978 Alfred Ramelli Award to Firefighter Ralph Tomaselli. L-R: Craig Reynolds, Rev. Owen Sanderson, Pres. Slater, Wolfram Kominskas, Ff. Tomaselli, and Bob Stone. On October 18, 1977, Ff. Tomaselli, who was off duty, and the civilians pictured here were at the scene within seconds to search for and assist victims following an apartment building explosion at 1181 Whitney Avenue.