Thanks to the Hamden Historical Society for providing this April 1924 delivery photo of a new 350 g.p.m. Stutz pumper to the Whitneyville Annex Volunteer Fire Co. 6. The gentleman turning the manual siren is identified as August Schoepfer. The man in the driver's seat is not identified. The company was renamed Merritt Street Co. 6 the following year.
Photo courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society
April 1924 - August Schoepfer at the wheel of Co. 6's new Stutz pumper. CLICK to view the Co. 6 page.
Photo courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society
December 27, 1946 article in The Hamden Chronicle - CLICK to view new Dispatch & Communictions page, where we hope to eventually post some classic HFD radio air checks on YouTube.
1982 - Firefighter Richie Greening at Station 2 (Photo by Dave Strawhince)
More photos of the Hamden Fire Department preparing for the 1995 Special Olympics World Games
July 1995 - CLICK to enlarge.
Actress Susan St. James chats with Ff./Paramedic Mike Green, Capt. Don LaBanca, Capt. Paul Wetmore and B/C Tom Doherty at Hamden Lanes - CLICK to enlarge
Hamden's "Station 10" was in place throughout the ten days of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games to ensure immediate and adequate coverage at the basketball venue at Quinnipiac College. Batt. Chief Tom Doherty (left in the LH photo) was an Asst. Commissioner of the Special Olympics World Games, heading the Safety Committee for all three Hamden venues. Also pictured (L-R) are Ffs. Dennis Harrison and Dave Proulx and Lt. Bill "Salty" Marak.
At right, movie and TV actress Susan St. James spoke with some of our guys when she visited Hamden Lanes during the World Games bowling competition. Another celebrity visitor to the Games - and we didn't have any film in the camera at the time - was a gentleman who drove up Rt. 15 to Hamden Lanes from his home in Westport, Paul Newman.
Shirley Mangler - CLICK to enlarge
"Engine 12" at the Mart - CLICK to enlarge
Tower 1 - CLICK to enlarge
Mangler, wife of Harold Mangler, was an official HFD photographer for
the World Games. Over the years Shirley has taken many outstanding
photos of the HFD in action.
The center photo shows Lt. Mike DiStefano
and Ff. Ray Ramelli with "Engine 12" at the Hamden Mart, where Hamden
Lanes was the venue for the World Games bowling competition. Lt. DiStefano is putting
the finishing touches on a banner attached to the portico that once covered the sidewalk.
The photo on
the right shows Ff. Harold Mangler next to the first Tower 1 (1991-2011), flying the Australian
flag in honor of Team Australia, which was hosted by Hamden.
November 28, 1953 - The Squad is shown at a barn fire off State Street. The firefighter with his back to the camera may be then-Capt. V. Paul Leddy, who would have responded on the Squad from HQ. Photo courtesy of Chan Brainard.
Newest HFRA Honorary Member, Mrs. Letitia Flagge, flanked by former Chief Jim Leddy and former Marshal Mark Barletta
Honorary Member Letitia Flagge
Until the late 1970s, those of us who had occasion to visit the Chief's Office will always remember Letitia Flagge, a cheerful and dedicated lady who, starting in the 1950s, served as receptionist and secretary for Chief R.C. Spencer and Marshal Al Purce, and later for Chief V. Paul Leddy and Marshal Bob O'Donnell. At our July 12th meeting, the members were very pleased to elect Letitia Flagge to Honorary Membership in the Hamden Fire Retirees' Association. HFRA President Mark Barletta and former Chief Jim Leddy recently visited Mrs. Flagge at her home. "I think of the firemen all the time," said Mrs. Flagge after being presented with her Honorary Member certificate. "You were all wonderful guys to work with. This is one of the most wonderful things that could happen."
Mrs. Flagge retired in 1978. Now 98, still lives in her Centerville home and attends weekly Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
Hamden's Bicentennial Parade Sunday, May 11, 1986
In May 1986, Storer Cable TV videotaped Hamden's Bicentennial Parade, which was broadcast on the company's local access station. A four minute excerpt of the video, featuring the Hamden Fire Department marching unit and apparatus, is now on YouTube. Also included are the Mix District Volunteer Fire Co. marching unit and its vintage fire apparatus.
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1982 - Ff. Ralph Dievert at Station 2, Platoon 4 (Photo by Dave Strawhince)
c. 1960 - Ff. Stan Brown (Photo courtesy of Chan Brainard)
If you're on the East Coast, please keep posted on the weather - and stay safe! DGJ
1967 - Asst. Supt. of Alarms Richie Lostritto on the 1940 Case tractor, clearing the Shop parking lot behind Station 2. The following year Richie was promoted to Superintendent, replacing Supt. Clem Wetmore upon his retirement.
Date unknown, but probably after 1973. Nice b&w photo of one of the two 1968 Maxim S models parked in front of the bay marked "Engine 1," which actually was the bay for Engine 2, as it was (is) somewhat wider than the other two bays at Station 2.
Tim O'Flynn and Charlie Cargan during the July 1995 World Games at the Hamden Lanes. (Photo by Shirley Mangler)
Great shot of Chief Paul Wetmore, Sr. during the 1995 Games. (Photo by Shirley Mangler)