Hamden First Selectman Herbert Hume turned in the alarm by pulling Box 125 at Norris and Whitney. Quick-thinking owner saved his brand new 1955 auto from flames (maybe it was a Chevy).
Mr. Hume served as a Hamden fire commissioner from 1941 until he was elected First Selectman in November 1955. His brother, Dep. Chief Daniel Hume, was Hamden's first fulltime fire training officer, from 1956 until he retired in 1974.
Norris and Whitney (CLICK here)
The First Selectman was Hamden's chief executive until the Mayor-Council form of town government was adopted January 1, 1966. Mr. Hume served until the last day of 1957, when First Selectman John DeNicola, Sr. took office. DeNicola would served three terms as First Selectman and one term as Hamden's first mayor.
New Haven Register article and original news photos courtesy of Sid Trower's family and D/C Gary Merwede
Re-Mounting BOX 125 to the pole at Norris and Whitney
Norris and Whitney (Photo taken 1/16/2015)
This IS the utility pole at Norris Street and Whitney Avenue, still decorated with the red paint that denoted utility poles with fire alarm boxes. The white rings at the top and bottom, still somewhat discernable, signified bus stops.
Hamden's fire alarm Box 125 has not been mounted on this utility pole since 1998, when all of Hamden's Gamewell alarm boxes were removed from service. The Box 125 pictured on the right is owned by an HFRA member, purchased in Boston in the mid-1970s. It was Photo-Shopped onto the pole.