A near record number of members attended the HFRA's Winter Meeting at the Hamden Elks on January 9th. Brian Forsyth and the staff at the Elks once again prepared a fine meal for us. Bob Surprise, who retired on November 30th, was welcomed as the Association's newest member.
This was how it looked as twenty-eight members began assembling at the Elks for the 21st meeting of the Association.
John O'Dea with newest member Bob Surprise. Bob retired at the end of November with nearly 33 years on the job. John and Bob both came on the job with six other recruits in January 1981.
Ed Kopjanski and Paul Frodel
Greg Bannon (a still-quite-active member of HFD) and Jimmy Dunlop, Greg's former lieutenant
Bobby Anthony, "Froggy" Frodel and Doug Yocher
The two Eds - Doiron and Kopjanski both worked together at 5's on Platoon 2 thirty-five years ago. This was the first time they'd seen each other since Ed Kopjanski retired nearly thirty years ago.
Chick Manware, Paul "Froggy" Frodel, Doug Yocher and Dave Johnson (Photo by Bob Anthony!)
Tommy Doherty and John O'Hare
Ed Kopjanski, Ray Dobbs and Jim Leddy
Doug Yocher and Kerry Castracane
Rev. Sanderson and Tom Doherty
Doug Yocher and Dennis Baker
Augie Williams, Dennis Baker and Joe Yoga
Mark Pratt, Jimmy Koutsopolos and Richie Lostritto