HFRA Trustees Bob Mordecai, Gil Spencer and Jim Leddy present HFRA President Mark Barletta with the gavel he used to preside at meetings, in gratitude for serving as Association president since the beginning.
Hamden Fire Retirees' Association president since the beginning, retired Fire Marshal Mark Barletta left for Florida during this past week. He and wife Marty will be residing in the Palm Beach area with their daughter while looking for a new home. On hearing of the Barlettas' impending departure, and since Mark will not be able to be present at the Fall meeting this coming Wednesday, the HFRA Trustees held an impromptu ceremony last Monday to present Mark with the Association's gavel. It will be engraved with a dedication to Mark for his years of service. Good luck, buddy - and thank you for your service!
Thirteen years ago this week a New Haven Register photographer snapped a Branford firefighter congratulating Hamden Firefighter Kevin Recca while he was holding his four-year old son Justin at his swearing-in ceremony. Joining Kevin were new Hamden Firefighters Dave Beaton, Mike Battick, Vic Jackson, Mike Deline Sr, Charles Lubowicki, Kim Talmadge and John Slot.
Ff. Talmadge became the department's third female firefighter. Today, Ff. Beaton is vice-president of Local 2687, Ff. Lubowicki is now Lt. Lubowicki, and Ff. Mike Deline, Sr. has been joined on the job by Ff. Mike Deline, Jr. For most of his years on the job, Kevin has been one of the organizers of Local 2687's annual retirement dinner.
About the photo Kevin commented, "I was sworn into the Hamden Fire Dept, the best job in the world! The best second family anyone could ever ask for!" Amen, brother!
Hamden Fire Retirees Assn., Inc.
Fall Quarterly Meeting
NEXT Wednesday, October 9th at NOON
Hamden Elks' Lodge
175 School Street
Nomination and Election of Officers for 2014
Anything for the Good of the Association
"Brian Burgers" - $7.00
1/2 lb. burger on a sandwich roll
with your choice of any of five cheeses:
Provolone, Swiss, Pepper Jack, American or Muenster
and any two of three side orders:
fries, onion rings or cole slaw
All retirees and active personnel always welcome!
HOPE YOU CAN ATTEND!
October 1953 - 14 Alarms in SIX DAYS!
From The Hamden Chronicle, Thursday, October 8, 1953
(Courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society)
October 4th is affectionately know as "10-4" Day, harking back to the days of Broderick Crawford's relentless use of that radio signal on his popular 1950s TV show "Highway Patrol." From the 1950s until 1984, the HFD used the so-called 10-codes on the radio. "10-4" meant message received. 10-4? However, other area departments, most notably New Haven, almost always acknowledged radio messages saying "99."
In honor of 10-4 Day, we present the following transcription of an actual 1970s HFD radio aircheck, preserved on audio tape by retiree Ed Doiron. Volunteer Cos 7 and 8 had just signed on simultaneously, responding to a grass fire:
Dispatcher: "Engine 47 and Engine 58, you are responding to Orchard Heights Drive to assist Engine 2 on a grass fire."
Engine 47: "Engine 47, 10-4"
Engine 58: "Engine 58, Ninety-nine"
Chief Leddy: "Chief's Office to Engine 58, we don't use 'ninety-nine' on this department!!"
Engine 58: "Engine 58, Ninety-nine"
April 1988 - "Markie" Barletta 25 years ago at Station 2. While a firefighter, Mark was dubbed "Batman" because of his knowledge of bats. He educated his fellow firefighters about the popular misconceptions about the flying rodents and how they can be handled properly when they are found in places where they are not welcome - like your house. And yes, they are found in Florida, too. Good luck, Mark!