Sam Mednicow's Used Cars 2230 State Street, corner of London Drive Monday, January 25, 1971
Legendary local used car salesman Sam Mednicow was slightly injured when the space heater in the office of his used car dealership exploded on Monday, January 25, 1971.
Mednicow, a used car salesman for decades in the New Haven area, specialized in previously owned (many times) automobiles that might be politely called "NO-K Used Cars," several of which were destroyed along with the office.
Platoon 2, under the direction of Deputy Chief James Strain, responded with Engines 3 and 4, Ladder 2 and Rescue 1. The ladder pipe of the new ladder truck was put into action successfully despite the notoriously narrow mains on State Street at that time.
Originally posted 1/27/12
Mednicow fire news articles courtesy of Gilbert Spencer
When his son Howie joined the department in 1970, Firefighter Howard Hurlburt, then a 22-year department veteran, became known among department members as "Howie Sr." His son, of course, became "Howie Jr." Howie's other son, Clark, joined the department in 1980 and retired in 2010 as the department's deputy chief.
Firefighters Eddy Doiron and Howie Sr. were testing the brand new Pierce/Ford Mini-pumper on South New Road when Eddy took this photo in the summer of '78. This snapshot was discovered over last weekend among several other photos at Eddy and his wife Peggy's new home on Knob Hill Drive. The others will be posted here in the coming weeks.
There have been many other father-son combos on the department, including Julius & Russ Norman, Everett & Tom Doherty, Al & Ray Ramelli, Francis & Jim Leddy, John & Kevin O'Hare, Mark & Adam Barletta and several others.
Howie Hurlburt, Sr. joined the department on January 2, 1948 and retired in September 1981. Howie was elected to Hamden's Legislative Council in 1983. He passed away March 5, 1985.
Photos and information provided by Dep. Chief Gary Merwede
January 22 - With Hamden's iconic Sleeping Giant looming in the background, companies from the Hamden Fire Department last Wednesday participated in cold water rescue training exercises at Clark’s Pond near the main campus of Quinnipiac University.
Ff. Jaime Bonet and Lieut. Jeff Pechmann (foreground), with lifelines attached, advance on very thin ice at Clark's Pond
The firefighters in these photos are wearing protective water-proof suits that have built-in buoyancy. Lifelines attach them to crew members on shore.
In this scenario, Firefighter Jaime Bonet played the part of the victim who had fallen through the ice into the frigid water. Lieut. Jeff Pechmann worked across the ice to practice different rescue techniques.
While Connecticut has seen some below freezing temperatures in the recent days, members of the public are cautioned not to trust ice over open water in Hamden at this time.
With the coming snow, unstable and thin ice will not be readily apparent and caution should be used near bodies of water.
Ice Rescue Training 14 Years Ago
Firefighters John Longo and Seth Patrick in 2002 - CLICK photo to see more of these photos by Bob Mordecai
Our own Jeanine Aceto, retired Hamden Fire Department secretary and HFRA honorary member, is the proud mom of one of America's newest soldiers, United States Army Pvt. Antonio Aceto.
Pvt. Aceto (18), a June high school graduate, graduated basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia on December 11th. He will be joining the famed and legendary 101st Airborne. The members of the HFRA wish Antonio well - and be safe! Godspeed, Pvt. Aceto!