HFRA Honorary Member Helyn Callahan Ramelli Barbato
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing on February 9th of honorary HFRA member Helyn Callahan Ramelli Barbato, mother of our brother retiree, Ray Ramelli.
Helyn was wife of the late Pasquale Barbato. She was predeceased by her first husband, Hamden firefighter Alfred Ramelli, brothers Robert "Ace" Callahan, also a Hamden firefighter, and John Callahan, and sister Joyce Moulter.
A Private Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263.
To read Helyn's complete obituary, published in today's edition of The New Haven Register:
With 40 Inches of Snow, Hamden Got the Worst of It!
Unless you've been hibernating this past week, you are undoubtedly aware that Hamden received the heaviest snowfall - 40 inches - of a major blizzard that struck the northeast last Friday into Saturday.
What some of our website visitors may not know, however, is the amazing effort put forth by Hamden Fire Department personnel during this unprecedented winter weather emergency, second only to the legendary Blizzard of 1888, which occurred eight years before Hamden's first fire company was organized.
Throughout what will surely become known as the Blizzard of '13, the Hamden Fire Department, challenged by extreme weather conditions as never before, worked tirelessly to provide emergency services to Hamden residents with utmost dedication and professionalism and, in some cases, in unique and creative ways.
Click on the link below to read the article on the Hamden Professional Firefighters' Association Local 2687 website on how the officers and firefighters of the Hamden Fire Department dealt with the hazards, uncertainties and physical hardships posed by the Blizzard of '13 in order to save lives and property in our town during this very trying week.
c. 1967 - Co. 9 Volunteers are checking for hot spots following this stubborn grass fire off Gaylord Mountain Road near the power lines. Co. 9's 1942 Diamond-T 600 GPM pumper can be seen in the background. (Photo by I.A. Sneiderman)
35 Years Ago!
Daw Packing Co. School Street and Washington Avenue Friday, February 3, 1978
February 8, 2013 - As we anticipate what meteorologists tell us may be one of the worst blizzards of the 21st century, we are reminded that 35 years ago, just three days before one of the worst blizzards of the 20th century, a multiple alarm fire on a freezing cold night gutted the Daw Packing company at the corner of School Street and Washington Avenue. The building was erected in 1923 on the site of Hamden's District No. 5 schoolhouse. CLICK HERE to read more.
Originally posted in 2009
February 15, 2013 - ED. NOTE: The meteorologists were a bit conservative. Hamden got 40 inches of snow, making it the worst blizzard to hit the area in 125 years.