New Haven Journal-Courier, August 15, 1945 - CLICK to enlarge
On this 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, it is especially fitting to remember those Hamden firefighters who served in the U.S. military during World War II. For well over a generation, they represented the majority of the personnel who served on the Hamden Fire Department. "Bless 'em all!"
World War II Honor Roll
Hamden's World War II Honor Roll, which stood on the site of the future Miller Memorial Library until 1951.
David Herrmann Burton Hillocks
Howard Hurlburt, Sr.
Samuel Jones Stewart Keeler
V. Paul Leddy
Hugh McLean Russell Norman
Daniel O'Connell Robert O'Donnell Joseph Rahl Alfred Ramelli George Reutenauer Paul Rosadina Vincent Roth Mario Serafino Arthur Smith Richard Stacey Emil Strain James Strain Luke Tobin Sidney Trower Raymond Vreeland Robert Williams Gerald Wolf
Please keep all of our
troops, past and present, in your thoughts and prayers.
A Special Memorial Day Tribute from a Father to His Son
We Will Always Remember
The 2015 Hamden Fire Department marching contingent led by the department's Local 2687 Honor Guard.
Remembering those who gave their all to preserve our freedom and way of life.
Photos by Deanna DeStefano
Several HFD retirees joined our active brothers in the line of march in today's Hamden Memorial Day Parade. Pictured here during a brief parade rest at Dixwell and Colony are, in the lefthand file, Ff. Brian Leddy, followed by Ff. Tim Doyle. In the center are Lt. Jim Dunlop (Ret.) with Ff. Greg Pereira (Ret.) right behind. At right is Ff. Austin "Augie" Williams (Ret.), who marched with the HFD for the first time in the 1969 parade. Behind Augie is Lieutenant-designate Daryl Osiecki, who will be sworn in tomorrow as Hamden's newest fire officer.
Once again, it was an honor to march with our active brothers to honor those who, for our country, gave "their last full measure of devotion."
Photo by Capt. D. Johnson (Ret.)
Memorial Day 1947
The Hamden Chronicle, courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society
In the photo above, the marchers are on Whitney Avenue right in front of Fire Headquarters. The old Victorian building in the background with the mansard roof housed Charlie Crook's drug store. Some buildings on the left are still there. In 1947 the Brown Stone House was still two years off.
Until the early 1950's, Hamden's Memorial Day Parade stepped off at about where it ends today, at the corners of Dixwell and Old Dixwell Avenues, just west of the town hall. It proceeded north on Whitney Avenue to Washington Avenue, pausing at the Central Burying Ground for a brief ceremony. The parade then continued south on Washington Avenue, and west on Dixwell to where it began, just west of the town hall.
To all HFD retirees:
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 25th.
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 low 70s.
The HFRA wishes everyone a safe and meaningful Memorial Day!
As an independent, non-political social organization, the HFRA does not endorse political candidates. However, we believe it appropriate to inform members and other readers that one of our own, retired Hamden firefighter Bob Anthony, is once again a candidate for Mayor of the Town of Hamden.
Bob served for thirteen years as president of the Hamden Professional Firefighters Association, Local 2687, IAFF.Since his 2005 retirement, Bob has worked with the Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association of Connecticut and was a founding member of the Hamden Guardian Services Retirees Association, LLC.
Bob ran in 2013 against incumbant Mayor Scott Jackson, who won a third term. Jackson resigned April 16th to take a position with the Malloy Administration. A special election will be held Thursday, May 28th to fill the vacancy. In addition to Bob Anthony, candidates include Curt Leng and George Levinson.
Remember: If you live in Hamden, please exercise your right to vote in the special mayoral election on Thursday, May 28th.