Burt Hillocks - October 1950 CLICK here to read Burt's obituary.
Captain Burton C. Hillocks
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of brother fire retiree Burton Hillocks early Tuesday morning, September 4, 2012, in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 91. Burt's grandson, Franklin Wetmore, also of Vero Beach, reports that no funeral is planned.
Burton Hillocks was born on April 21, 1921 in Dundee, Scotland and came to the U.S. as a young boy. Burt served with distinction during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 8th AF, where he flew on 30 missions in a B-17 in various E.T.O. campaigns, including Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.
Burt joined the Hamden Fire Department on September 11, 1950. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1966, and captain in 1974. Burt retired on February 18, 1981, and had resided in Florida most of the time since his retirement. Survivors include his son Bruce Hillocks of Meriden, CT; grandchildren Melissa Wetmore of Sebastian, FL and Franklin Wetmore of Vero Beach, FL.
The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association extend condolences to the Hillocks and Wetmore families.
Fran and Ff./Paramedic Greg Pereira. Frannie's broken heel did not keep her from the festivites. She'll be good as new in about 8 weeks.
Jeanine and Fran - Retired
With a total of 52 years of service as secretaries in the Hamden Fire Department, Jeanie Aceto and Francine Monaco said goodbye to many present and former department colleagues on the last day of August. Fran, who recently suffered a broken left heel, was not detered. Many active and retired Hamden firefighters stopped by the Government Center last Friday morning to wish Jeanine and Fran a long, happy and healthy retirement.
Fresh from high school in 1984, Jeanine started working in the office as part-time assistant to Rita Ryan, who took over for Letitia Flagge in 1978. Jeanine became full-timer shortly thereafter. Fran came on board in 1988 following Rita's retirement. The Executive Board voted unanimously to admit both ladies as Honorary Members in the Hamden Fire Retirees Association. The tributes on their honorary membership certificates say it all.
The tribute on the certificate says it all - CLICK to enlarge
In his comments at the start of the reception, Chief Berardesca showered well deserved praise on the two secretaries, hastening to note that their 52 years with the department represented their combined years of service. Emails were read from from several retirees, all praising their service and wishing them well in their retirements.
Chief Berardesca and Fran
Former Chief Wetmore, Jeanine and Dep. Chief Surprise
Dep. Chief Surprise and Chief Berardesca
Local 2687 President, Kurt Vogt and former Chief Jim Leddy
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Those Old Shift Calendars
Finally Available Online - HERE!
For those active and retired department members who might want to know if they were on duty (or off duty) on a given date, we have assembled almost all of the Hamden Fire Department shift calendars issued since the advent of the 42-hour workweek. The 24-hour schedule that began on December 1, 2010 is properly depicted in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 calendars.
We also have all the shift schedules back to December 2, 1950, when the 56-hour workweek began (but they will come later).
If nothing else, these calendars are an excellent reference for anyone who just might want to know what day of the week fell on a specific date.
CLICK on the 1977 shift calendar to visit the calendar page. And if anyone has original 2007, 2008 or 2009 HFD shift calendars, we'd sure like to hear from you.
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October 6, 1973
This roster was printed in the program for Hamden Paid Firemen's Sick Benefit Association's 38th Annual Ball. Four new firefighter positions were added for the 1973-74 fiscal year. This roster shows the department at the new fully-manned figure of 116 line personnel, as well as displaying all staff personnel, including Secretary Letitia Flagge. The bottom four firefighters listed in each column were assigned to Stations 5 and 9. (Courtesy of Chan Brainard)
Two veteran chief officers retired since the 42-hour work week was inaugurated. Dep. Chief Joseph Hromadka retired in September 1972, and was replaced by Captain Paul Rosadina, who moved up to head Platoon 1. Lt. Thomas Doherty replaced Capt. Rosadina on Platoon 3, and Ff. Dick Stacey replaced Lt. Doherty. Dep. Chief Hromadka, who joined the department in 1937, was appointed to be one of the first two shift commanders when the Hamden Fire Department was reorganized under career officers in April 1942.
Dep. Chief James Strain retired in 1973 after nearly 45 years in the fire service, 31 of which were served as a career department member. Dep. Chief Strain was replaced as shift commander of Platoon 2 by Capt. Joseph McDermott, who was replaced on Platoon 4 by Lt. John "Jackie" Laffin. Laffin's vacancy on Platoon 3 was filled by Ff. Walter Macdowall.