To our brothers and sisters who continue to serve in the fire, police and EMS services in Hamden and elsewhere, we wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Safe 2012.
January 1, 2012, marked the 40th anniversary of the passing of Hamden firefighter Alfred Ramelli, who was stricken while on duty a week earlier on Christmas Eve. Firefighter Ramelli was a 23-year veteran of the Department. His son, Ray, joined the Hamden Fire Department in January 1970 and served for 30 years.
This 1970 photo by Cal Stoner shows the brand new Station 3 with apparatus in place. L-R: Engine 3 (1968 Maxim S-model), Truck 2 (1970 Maxim 100' aerial), and Rescue 1 (1959 International Travel-al). Behind Rescue 1 is Engine 6 (1954 Maxim). The Deputy Chief's car, Car 30, ran out of the rear overhead door behind Engine 3. That would change in November 1971, when the two International rescues were taken out of service. A new Rescue 1 was put in service at Station 4 and Car 30 took over the spot in front of Engine 6.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS! The photographer was in "alarm readiness" in the dayroom at Station 3 when snapping this 1978 photo. Notice the ancient cable TV controller atop the equally ancient console TV set. (CLICK to enlarge)
Memorial Day 1978 - Some schmoozing after the parade. Lt. John Tramontano and Dep. Chief George Reutenauer at left, and Ff. Howie Hurlburt, Jr. and a guy who looks like it might be Ff. Ralph Dievert at right. (CLICK to enlarge)