Early Dunbar Hill Photo Found in Cache of Family Photos
March 18 - Robin Corey Keohane attended yesterday afternoon's monthly meeting of "Journey" at Miller Library's Senior Center armed with dozens of Hamden photos that were of great interest to everyone there. Among Robin's many family photos was this c. 1930 photo of active members of the Dunbar Hill Volunteer Fire Association outside their quarters on Dunbar Hill Road.
Robin, a delightful lady whose grandfather, Norman Corey, owned the lumber company on Dixwell near Shepard, was enthusiastic about having her photos scanned for the Hamden Historical Society and the HFRA archives. She hopes to find more like it in her collection of family photos. We are very grateful for this image and hoping, along with Robin, for a photo of Co. 8's elusive 1910 Locomobile chemical truck, for which no image is yet known to exist.
(Photo courtesy of Robin Corey Keohane)
Co. 8's 1918 Stewart in 1939
This group includes brothers Nelson and Everett Warner (in helmets, second and fourth from left), who were charter members of the Dunbar Hill Volunteer Fire Company, formed in 1926.
Nelson Warner was Dunbar Hill's first vice-president and would eventually serve as president. Younger brother Everett was the fire company's first captain. The first president of the company, William Hindinger, was great-grandfather of Co. 8's present captain, George Hindinger.
The Dunbar Hill Fire Company is still active today. Their first motorized apparatus was a 1910 Locomobile chemical truck acquired from Whitneyville in 1928. In 1930, they inherited Mt. Carmel's 1918 Stewart chemical truck.
From detailing on the spoked wheels hidden behind the firefighters, it appears that the Dunbar Hill crew is standing in front of the 1918 Stewart chemical truck.
That's Lt. Carl Backus (HFD Ret.) on the left in the light blue shirt, who was on scene with AMR.
The Hamden Fire Department was notified of an accident involving a First Student school bus that had crashed into a tree at 0811 hrs. last Wednesday morning on Brook Street, just south of the Wintergreen Avenue intersection.
The first due Hamden fire apparatus arrived at 0814 hrs. It was immediately determined that no students were on the bus and that the bus driver was heavily entrapped from the impact. A full extrication assignment was dispatched to the scene.
Extrication and ALS care were initiated immediately by Engine 2 and Rescue 2. HFD Incident command activated the Yale New Haven Hospital SHARPS medical team for rapid on scene intervention if necessary.
Extrication took approximately 28 minutes and included freeing the patient from entrapment and creating an opening to move the patient to the waiting stretcher. The patient was transported to YNHH by AMR.
The accident remains under investigation by the Hamden Police Department.
[The website thanks the Fire Chief's Office and Dep. Chief Gary Merwede for providing the information and photo of this incident.]
Website thanks go out to to Ed Doiron, Jr. once again, who recently dug up some old negatives of his dad's. This photo of Sam Jones was taken around 1968 when Ed Sr. worked at old 3's. Sam worked on Lieut. Ken Harrington's crew on Platoon 3. Note the water bucket. Looks like Sam was snapped at the same time Walt Macdowall was washing his pickup truck (see February 26th update). Great photo of Sam!
Sam Jones was appointed to the department in May 1961, the department's first African-American career firefighter. With the introduction of the 42-hour workweek Sam was assigned to Platoon 4, and for many years was a driver of Truck 1, until his 1990 retirement. Sam passed away last October 29th, just a few days shy of his 90th birthday.