Ff. Tricarico Sworn in as Assistant Superintendent
February 13 - A large turnout of department members joined family members at the Friday morning swearing-in of Firefighter Glen Tricaricoas the department's Assistant Superintendent of Apparatus. A fifteen year veteran of the department, Asst. Supt. Tricarico fills the vacancy created when Supt. Jim LaFond was promoted last month following the retirement of Supt. Donald Buechele. A new firefighter is expected to be appointed soon to replace Tricarico's position on the line.
The Hamden Fire Retirees Association wishes Glen all the very best in his new position.
The oath is administered by Town Clerk Very Morrison
Asst. Supt. Tricarico, flanked by D/C Merwede and Chief Berardesca
Bobby Macauley and Ronnie Altieri beside Engine 2 in April 1976. Our lieutenant was Walt Macdowall. Only 33 at the time, Walt was the youngest officer on the department. He also was one of Hamden's first four certified paramedics.
60 Years Ago!
Butterworth "Mansion" - Tuttle Avenue
February 15, 1955
Water supply was the problem then, before, and since!
Front Page - New Haven Evening Register, Tuesday, February 15, 1955 (Courtesy of G. Donald Steele)
Register clipping from G. Donald Steele / Original glossy of I.A. Sneiderman photo from D/C Gary Merwede
For the next edition of the IFSTA manual?
Gee, why didn't we ever think of this?
February 11, 1952 - Cheshire Calls for Mutual Aid
In its earliest days, our town's award-winning weekly newspaper, The Hamden Chronicle, also covered local news of North Haven and Cheshire. So it was big news in Hamden when Cheshire's legendary Waverly Inn caught fire in the middle of a bitter cold winter night in 1952. In the finest traditions of the fire service, firefighters from Hamden and other neighboring towns, including Waterbury, answered the call for help.
Calvert photo courtesy of D/C Gary Merwede
Hamden firefighters and firefighters from virtually every other surrounding town responded "mutual aid" to Cheshire on Monday, February 11, 1952, when fire destroyed the Waverly Inn, a very popular restaurant on Maple Avenue. Thought to be the work of a "fire bug," this was was the fourth in a string of suspicious fires that had plagued the town since the previous December.
The Waverly Inn was rebuilt and ready for occupancy in about seven months. Decades later it became the Waverly Tavern, a banquet hall for special occasions. It went out of business a few years ago. In January 2012, the business reopened in the same Maple Avenue location - once again as the Waverly Inn.
Originally posted 2/10/12 - Revised 2/13/15
The Hamden Chronicle, Feb. 14, 1952 (Hamden Historical Society)
Friday, February 13 - The website received these photos earlier today from the Florida home of HFRA President-Emeritus Mark Barletta, who is a well-known a respected flag aficionado. To honor the 206th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln, Mark flew the 33-star US flag that was current when the War Between the States began in 1861. Mark says he sent away from this 200th anniversary Lincoln flag in '09 and just received it. Perhaps Betsy Ross was still working on it.
This open cab Mack pumper belonging to the B.F. Hoxie Engine Co. No. 1 of Mystic is another of Chan Brainard's photos from the 1955 Connecticut State Firemen's Convention Parade held at West Haven. Does anyone know anything about this apparatus?
Mystic's B.F. Hoxie Hose Co. No. 1's open cab Mack on Campbell Avenue, West Haven