Hamden can boast of many distinctions: The home to world-famous author and playwright Thornton Wilder, the birthplace of Eli Whitney's interchangable parts for firearms, and the place where Charles Goodyear first vulcanized rubber, among other things. But how many folks out there know that Hamden is also home to a very well-known artist, George Wildman, who has been drawing Popeye for decades? After Platoon 3 quickly extinguished a fire at Mr. Wildman's home in October 1995, the Department received a unique message of appreciation from the world's most famous vegan. (CLICK to enlarge)
Courtesy of Tom Doherty - CLICK to enlarge
Grateful citizens often send notes of appreciation to the Department, sometimes in a very public forum. One of the earliest such letters we came across was published in the Novemnber 6, 1952 edition of The Hamden Chronicle.
Courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society - CLICK to enlarge
Whenever a fire alarm was received from an elderly housing occupancy, it was customary to send three engines, both trucks and both rescues. Chan Brainard sent us this June 1984 photo, taken from the sixth story window of his parents' apartment at Whitney Center on Leeder Hill Drive. Some burnt toast in another apartment had apparently tripped the fire alarm, resulting in the dispatch of the apparatus seen in this photo.
The 1958 Maxim and 1970 Maxim aerial ladder trucks are staged at the driveway apron. Engine 3, the 1973 Maxim Telesqurt, and Engine 1, a 1968 Maxim S, model are at the far corner of the building. Engine 2, the other '68 Maxim S model, and Car 3 are at the lower left, near the main entrance.
1965 Stan Brown photo of Howie Hurlburt, Sr. at Station 2 (Courtesy of Chan Brainard)