October 1982 - In front of Bradlees at the Hamden Mart. An unknown spectator watches at left as Ff. Paul Reutenauer monitors Engine 4's pump panel during a fire department demonstration for Fire Prevention Week. Truck 2, as it was designated at the time, the 100' Maxim aerial, can be seen right behind. (Photo by Ed Doiron, Jr.)
Wild Ride 25 Years Ago Eventually Leads to Chet's - and a Training Session
1976 Malibu wagon ready for Hurst tool training
Ff. John Longo checking out the Hurst tool before going to work on the front door
Ff. Harold Mangler operating Hurst tool at Chet's Auto Parts
When it came to fire department training, Chet's Auto Parts on Welton Street was always generous with their "inventory," like this 1976 Malibu wagon that once belonged to the family of a Hamden Fire Department member (we're not talkin'!).
And thereby hangs a tale: 25 years ago this week (September 26, 1986, to be exact), a department member's three-year old son coasted his mom's station wagon down their driveway and through their backyard, on a wild ride that has become somewhat legendary (at least to those who were on the job in '86).
The very good news is that the kid wasn't hurt when the station wagon he was piloting collided with the neighbors' house, and neither were his three brothers. The wagon got the worst of the deal, and seven months later it was put to good use in this training session at Chet's.
Early 1950s - Whitney Avenue near Augur Street. (Photo by Chan Brainard)