September 5, 2023 - Today Recruit Firefighter Devon Waters was sworn in as the department's newest member in a brief ceremony in the rotunda of Hamden's Memorial Town Hall.
Before a crowd of active and retired department members, Chief Jeff Naples opened the ceremony by requesting a moment of silence to pay respect to fallen brother Anthony DiSimone of the North Haven Fire Department, who died suddenly a few days earlier, that department's second loss of an active member in the past year.
Firefighter Waters comes to the department as a certified firefighter with an extensive background in EMS and public service. He served as a combat medic in the United States Army from 2017 to 2021 and continues to serve our country in the Connecticut Air National Guard in the 103rd Civil Engineering Squadron.
Before coming to Hamden, Firefighter Waters was a firefighter with the City of Norwich, having graduated from the University of New Haven with a bachelor's degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Chief Naples recognized Firefighter Waters' father, Mark, who is a battalion chief with New London Fire Department with over 30 years of service. "Chief Waters has been a pillar of training and education with the Connecticut Fire Academy," noted Chief Naples, "and is well respected across the country for his dedication to the fire service. I know this is a proud moment for the Waters family and we are excited to have Devon join our ranks."
The Hamden Fire Retirees Association congratulates Devon Waters on his appointment and wishes him a long, safe, and fulfilling career with the Hamden Fire Department.
Posted October 30, 2023
Waters, Chief Naples, Mayor Lauren Garrett and Town Clerk Karimah Mickens
Mayor Garrett welcomes Ff. Waters
The badge gets pinned - it's official!
Cmmr. Vic Mitchell, Mayor Garrett, Chief Naples, Ff. Waters, Comm. Ch. Gary Tinney, and Town Clerk Mickens
Ff. Waters and his company officer, Lt. Doug O'Rourke