Once again, Local 2687 and Chief David Berardesca invite all HFD retirees who still have their dress blues to join the active HFD members in Hamden's Memorial Day Parade next Monday, May 26th.
HFD personnel and retirees in their dress blues are asked to assemble on the sidewalk in front of the Hamden High School at 0900. The parade starts at 1000, and will proceed up Dixwell Avenue from the high school to Whitney Avenue.
Participation in Hamden's Memorial Day Parade has always been a tangible way for our firefighters to honor those who sacrificed their lives in the defense of our country. It is also a time to remember our deceased brothers who once marched with us.
The weather for Memorial Day is predicted to be excellent with temps in the 70s. Last year we had several retirees in the line of march and we expect to have even more this year.
The HFRA wishes everyone has a safe and meaningful Memorial Day!
Co. 3 Member Joseph Hetherington's Badge #147
Whitneyville Badge Donated by Member's Daughter
Last week HFRA member and former Whitneyville resident Bob Slater received an email from Marie Hetherington Noble, another former Whitneyville resident now living in Rhode Island. Mrs. Noble knew Bob had been a Hamden firefighter. She asked Bob if he could recommend a good home for Whitneyville Volunteer Fire Co. 3 badge #147, issued to her late father, Joseph Hetherington (1903-1990), when he was a member of Co. 3 sometime before 1940.
Bob referred Mrs. Noble to the Association. After the exchange of a few emails, Joseph Hetherington's Co. 3 Badge #147 was received here to become part of the Associations "archives." The Hamden Fire Retirees Association sincerely appreciates Mrs. Noble's donation.
PARADE READY ON MERRITT STREET - c. 1930
Photo courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society
c. 1930 - Eleven members of the Merritt Street Volunteer Fire Co. No. 6 in parade dress pose beside their 1924 Stutz 350 g.p.m. pumper. If you enlarge the photo and look carefully, you may find two more people hidden in the photo (reflections do not count). The house in the background is still standing today at 1898 State Street.
This Week's Special - 1961 Caddy (Slightly Used)
Fifty years ago Hamden firefighters were called to a Dixwell Avenue used car lot to extinguish a fire under the hood of this 1961 Cadillac. (The car looks fairly beat up for being only three years old, which is probably why it caught fire.)
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Anyone who worked in a gas station in those days knew that almost all hood releases on American cars were either part of, or inside the grille - and nearly all of them were different. So it was anyone's guess just how to raise the hood of this fiery clunker. Fortunately a passerby knew the magic formula so firefighters could finish their mission and put out the fire. Note the 1960 Plymouth and 1959 Ford flanking the Caddy.
From The Hamden Chronicle (Courtesy of Chan Brainard)