June 14, 2013 - The week marks the fourth anniversary of the Hamden Fire Retirees' Association's website. Thanks to the generous contributions of photos and stories from dozens of HFD retirees and other fans of the website, we have published hundreds of photographs and scores of articles about past and present members of the Hamden Fire Department. We are always looking for more photos and articles about life in the HFD.
June 13, 1939 - (L-R) Commissioner Albert Ruwet, Commissioner Thomas Miller and Chief Charles Loller. (Photo by I.A. Sneiderman from HFRA Archives)
74 years ago this week the Department accepted delivery of a 500 g.p.m. pumper built on a Diamond-T chassis by the Woods Engineering Service of Topsfield, Massachusetts. The pumper was placed in service at Headquarters and remained there until it was replaced by the 1954 Maxim that was purchased with the help of a grant from Civil Defense.
This was the second of five Diamond-Ts that served the Department. Earlier the previous year, Hamden accepted delivery of the 1938 Diamond-T Emergency Squad.
After 1954, the 1939 Diamond-T served as Engine 6 and Engine 7 before being sold in 1977 to a private buyer.
The nose of the 1939 Diamond-T can been seen at the far left in the October 1965 photo below. Hamden school kids gathered at the old Stop & Shop parking lot adjacent to St. Ann's Church during the annual Fire Prevention Week display of fire apparatus. With the recent delivery of the 1965 Mack, and the resulting shuffling of apparatus, the '39 Diamond-T had just been assigned to Volunteer Co. 7.
Fire personnel, left to right, are Lt. William Hines, Dep. Chief Everett Doherty, Lt. Daniel O'Connell, Chief V. Paul Leddy and Dep. Chief Training Officer Daniel Hume. In the background, between Lt. O'Connell and Chief Leddy, is a very youthful Jim Wetmore of Volunteer Co. 7 beside their 1935 Dodge.
(Photo by I.A. Sneiderman from HFRA archives)
HFD Brass c. 1938
Standing (L-R) Asst. Chief August Ball, Asst. Chief Thayer Jones, Asst. Chief Raymond C. Spencer, and an unidentified member. Seated (L-R) Commissioner Thomas Miller, Commissioner Leroy Jackson, Commissioner Albert Ruwet, Chief Charles Loller, Asst. Fire Marshal Thomas Pender.
June 15th 1978 - Couldn't resist reposting this photo taken by a bored firefighter sitting watch 35 years ago.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing on June 9th of honorary HFRA member Lucyann Roth, widow of our brother retiree, Vincent Roth, who passed away in 2007. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Thursday, June 13th at 10:00 a.m. Interment followed in All Saints Cemetery.