Friday, December 12 - This morning the town hall rotunda was once again the scene of the swearing in of three newly-promoted Hamden Fire Department officers. Twelve-year veteran Brian Dolan was sworn in as Hamden's seventh fire marshal since the position was created in 1944. He succeeds Dennis Harrison, who retired two weeks ago. Marshal Dolan served previously as Deputy Fire Marshal. Chief David Berardesca praised Dolan for his dedication through the years.
Lieutenant Dan Such and Lieutenant Richard Lennon, with nine and seven years' service respectively, were sworn in with Marshal Dolan. They will fill vacancies created by the recent retirements of Lieutenants Dave Proulx and Brian Bird. The Chief announced that Lt. Such would be assigned to Squad 1 on Platoon 3 and Lt. Lennon to Engine 3 on Platoon 4.
Photos by Bob Mordecai and Dave Johnson
Mayor Scott Jackson, Marshal Brian Dolan, Lt. Dan Such, Lt. Richard Lennon and Chief David Berardesca (Photo by Bob Mordecai)
In remarks before a crowd of about eighty relatives, friends and many other department members, Mayor Scott Jackson praised the members of the Hamden Fire Department, "I'm proud to be here in support of you." He expressed his admiration for the unique camaraderie among members of the fire service, noting that many times in today's society and culture people sometimes are preoccupied with fighting about "stupid little things. But what's important," the Mayor emphasized, "is us looking out for each other, and nobody does that like the fire service." Following the Mayor's remarks all three gentlemen were sworn in to their new positions by Hamden Town Clerk Vera Morrison.
Fire Marshal Brian Dolan is sworn in as Hamden's seventh fire marshal by Town Clerk Vera Morrison
Lieuts. Such and Lennon are sworn in by Town Clerk Vera Morrison
Lots of fellow firefighters, friends and family attended