At eleven o'clock last Monday morning in the rotunda of Hamden's Memorial Town Hall, a huge turnout of friends, family and members of the Hamden Fire Department witnessed the swearing-in of Hamden's newest firefighters, Cal Brennan and Steven Sorrentino.
Hamden Town Clerk Vera Morrison administers the oath to Firefighters Brennan and Sorrentino in Memorial Town Hall
Firefighter Cal Brennan (left), a resident of Beacon Falls, had been serving with the Norwich Fire Department. Cal has been assigned to Capt. Kobbe's crew at Station 2 on Platoon 4.
Firefighter Steven Sorrentino (right), a Hamden resident and former member of Dunbar Hill Co. 8, had put himself through the Connecticut Fire Academy last year. Steve has been assigned to Capt. Evers' crew at Station 4 on Platoon 1.
The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association wish both of these gentlemen many happy, healthy, safe and fulfilling years with the department.
Ff. Brennan's wife pins on the badge
Co. 8 Capt. George Hindinger does the honors for Ff. Sorrentino
When Chief David Berardesca presented Firefighter Craig Smart with his Hamden Elks 2016 Firefighter of the Year plaque last Saturday night, Craig acknowledged that he was very flattered. But he kidded the packed house by stating that he didn't know how it was possible that he could have merited the award because he always spoke his mind. Perhaps always speaking his mind was one of many reasons why Craig was worthy of the accolade.
Firefighter Smart, an Emergency Medical Technician, was an EMS Award recipient in 2008 and received a Letter of Commendation in 2007. He has been a member of the Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue Group for the last six years, assigned to the Rescue Component. Craig is also a member of and contact person for the Hamden Fire Department's Honor Guard.
Craig is a graduate of Ansonia High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1996, where he attained the rank of Sergeant. In May 2000, Craig graduated from the 17th class of Recruit Firefighter Training. In his years on the job, Craig has obtained certifications in Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Vehicle Rescue, Aerial Ladder Operations, Structural Collapse Technician, Fire Service Instructor and Incident Safety Officer.
Craig resides in Ansonia and enjoys spending time with his friend Ruth and his son Michael. During his leisure time, he enjoys camping and attending Renaissance Festivals.
The other 2016 recipients of the Hamden Elks Community Service Awards were Police Officer of the Year Mark Gery and Citizen of the Year Mimsie Coleman.