At 2:00 p.m. in the upstairs main hall at the Hamden Elks' Lodge, the members of the HFRA will honor ten of our members who have passed since 2011. Widows and other family members of the ten honorees will be present to receive memorial plaques honoring their loved ones' years of service in the Hamden Fire Department. Light refreshments will be served following the presentations.
The entire event will probably last no more than one hour. Even if you cannot make the meeting at noon, we urge active and retired department members who live in the area to attend the 2:00 p.m. plaque presentations. All honoree families will be present and many are eager to reminisce with our members. It promises to be a memorable and meaningful occasion for everyone.
For full details scroll down to the September 26th update.
Hamden's First Retirement Plan Took Effect 65 Years Ago
The Hamden Chronicle, Thursday, October 6, 1949
September 29, 2014
Same Spot - Sixty Years Earlier
(CLICK to enlarge either photo)
Longtime HFRA website contributor and Honorary Member Chan Brainard visited Hamden last week. While getting a tour of Station 4 from the guys working on Platoon 3, Chan posed next to Squad 1, the successor to Engine 4, just as he had done 60 years earlier with an Engine 4 that was 70 years older - and a lot smaller. At right, Chan was pictured with "Blackie," the station mascot.
2014 Snapshot in Time: Here are (L-R) Firefighters Jay Connolly and Scott Blake with Lieut. Jeff Pechmann, who were working at Station 9 last week.
With nearly 34 years on the job, Ff. Connolly is the most senior firefighter on the department, and second only in longevity to B/C Don LaBanca, who has over 36 years. Supt. Don Buechele has 32 years. B/C LaBanca, Ff. Connolly and Supt. Buechele are the last three active department members to have served while V. Paul Leddy was Chief of the Department. Chief Leddy retired in April 1984.
Station 9 - September 29, 2014
Rescue 1 - One of Hamden's three brand new rescue units. At any given time one of the three units will be kept in reserve.
The late Stan Brown was an avid photographer and a Hamden career firefighter in the 1950s and 60s. Stan took this photo of Cheshire's 1913 Model T Ford "parade piece" sometime in the mid-1960s. (Photo courtesy of Chan Brainard)