Hamden's First "Emergency Squad" - February 27, 1938 Where was this photo taken? You may be surprised at the correct answer. (Hint: Forget what was stated previously on this website.)
Photo snapped on February 27, 1938 - But where?
While perusing ancient issues of The Hamden Chronicle this week at the Hamden Historical Society, an HFRA member spotted this photo commemorating the 15th anniversary of the delivery of Hamden's 1938 Diamond-T "Emergency "Squad."
At first glance, veteran Hamdenites will swear they know the location of this photo. Do you? You may be very surprised. (The HFRA member was.) Answer next week.
Fire Marshal-Designate Dennis Harrison
May 1982 - Fire Marshal Bob "Bubby" O'Donnell (Tramontano photo)
From the Local 2687 website, we have learned of the promotion of Captain Dennis Harrison as Hamden's sixth Fire Marshal. The
swearing-in ceremony is tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday, January 31st. The time and location will be posted when
known. Dennis has been on the Department since February 1987.
Following WWII, Robert "Bubby" O'Donnell joined the
Department in January 1947. Bob was promoted in lieutenant in 1956, and
captain the following year when Capt. Dan Hume became the Department's
first training officer. When Hamden's first uniformed fire marshal, Al
Purce, retired in 1968, Bob got the job. Always a cheerful guy armed
with plenty of funny stories, "Bubby" loved listening to his 1940s music
The Hamden Chronicle, February 19, 1953
February 1953 - Hamden's 1938 Seagrave "canopy-cab" was the fifth piece of apparatus to have a two-way radio installed. (Brainard photo)
There's an interesting tale behind this set of locally produced cutlery - CLICK to see why.