Brief Homecoming for Hamden Firefighter at Fire Headquarters During WWII
During this week that includes Veterans' Day, we share this
wonderful photo with our fellow retirees and other website visitors.
L-R - Unidentified firefighter, Ff. Joe Marchito, Unidentified civilian, Lt. Roland Ruwet, Ff. Dan Hume with station mascot "Sport," Chief Raymond C. Spencer, and Ff. Jim Strain on leave from the US Navy. (Photo courtesy of Jean Strain)
This WWII-era photo was obtained from Jean Strain, daughter of the late Deputy Chief James Strain, who was shift commander of Platoon 2 until his 1973 retirement. Chief Strain joined the department in 1942 and was given leave soon thereafter to join the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. This photo, from a family album, shows young Navy enlistee Strain in front of Fire Headquarters in 1942 with other HFD personnel, some of whom could be identified.
Other active HFD personnel who took leave from the department to serve in the Armed Forces during WWII were Capt. Joe Hromadka, and Firefighters Stuart Keeler, V. Paul Leddy and Emil Strain, James' brother.
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To make it easier for our website visitors to locate past website postings, the HOME (Archived) page on the top menu now lists the photos, articles, videos and other features that were included in each website update from April 1, 2011 to present, as well as those added to the website during each month from June 2009 to March 2011. (Still working on listing those additions of the first 21 months.)
Firefighter Eugene Maturo - New Haven Register, November 9, 1960 (Chan Brainard)
November 10, 2013 - Happy 238th Birthday USMC!
Veterans' Day 2013 Hamden Firefighters Have Served in
World War I - World War II - Korea - Vietnam - The Gulf - Afghanistan - Iraq ______ Thank you!
November 11, 1918
We came across this postcard in an antique mall a few years ago. The event that occurred on the memorable date on the postmark resulted in a national day of observance once known as Armistice Day. On June 1, 1954 the name was officially changed to Veterans Day.
Hamden Firefighters Rescue 2 Kids From West Rock Cliff
November 11, 1965
More than a decade before the formation of Hamden's Mountain Rescue Team, Firefighters Benny Mikolinski and Paul Reutenauer, assisted by Lt. Bill Hines, Ff. Gil Spencer and other personnel, rescued two children from a cliff on West Rock. According to articles in The New Haven Journal-Courier and The New Haven Register, the children, ages 6 and 11, were "lowered to safety by firemen via a rope sling."
November 12, 1965 - New Haven Journal-Courier
Incumbent Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson was elected to a third term last Tuesday over challenger and HFRA member Bob Anthony. Website congratulates both Jackson and Anthony for conducting clean and intelligent campaigns that focused on the pressing issues confronting the town and Hamden's taxpayers.