45 Years - Film of Hamden's 1969 "Firemen's Field Day"
From 1964 until the mid-1970s, the four Hamden volunteer fire companies organized an annual field day at Brooksvale Park on the second Saturday of June. Hamden's volunteer and paid personnel assembled teams to compete in various events based very loosely on certain fire service activities. Trophies were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each event.
Clem Wetmore, father of retired Chief Paul Wetmore, Sr., was the department's Supt. of Alarms and Apparatus until his 1968 retirement. A founding member of the Mix District Volunteer Fire Co. No. 7, Clem often took home movies of the field day events. Clem's son, Jim Wetmore, recently lent Clem's film of the 1969 field day to the HFRA for digitalization.
For the 45th anniversary of the Hamden Firemen's Field Day held June 8, 1969, an eight minute compilation of the film has been posted on YouTube. Many of the retirees, past and present, can be recognized in the film Enjoy.
A sobering video for everyone: HFRA member Jeff Stoehr sent this link to a recent YouTube posting recorded by a civilian dashcam in Russia.
About the video Jeff wrote, "Think about it the next time you are following a truck loaded with gas cylinders. I certainly won't hang around one! Stay with the video - - - it gets worse - - - you won't believe it!"
O'Connell's Lawn Mower Shop
923 Dixwell Avenue
Monday, June 2, 1969
From The New Haven Register, Monday, June 2, 1969 (Articles courtesy of Chan Brainard)