John Tramontano Appointed Hamden's Fourth Fire Chief
In anticipation of the late April retirement of Chief V. Paul Leddy, Hamden Mayor Peter Villano named Hamden training officer, Deputy Chief John Tramontano, to be the next fire chief. Once approved by the Legislative Council, Chief-designate Tramontano would spend the next two months learning the ropes from the man who had led the department since 1960.
Mayor Villano also formally requested the creation of the position of assistant fire chief. Since the five deputy chiefs and the fire marshal joined the union two years earlier, Chief Leddy remained the only management member of the department. Once the Council approved of the new position, the department's EMS officer, Lieut. Walter Macdowall was named to fill it. He was sworn in with Chief Tramontano on Monday, April 30th.
Chief Tramontano joined the department in 1959 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1973. He was appointed the department's third training officer in April 1981, succeeding retired Deputy Chief Ken Harrington.
Asst. Chief Macdowall joined the department in 1965 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1973. Also the town's director of Civil Defense, he was named the department's first EMS officer in late 1982 and served as the department's second-in-command until he retired in 1991 to accept appointment as fire chief in LaGrange, Illinois. Chief Macdowall passed away suddenly in March 1995. Chief Tramontano retired in January 1993 and passed away in September 2015.
New Haven Register, Saturday. February 11, 1984
The Hamden Chronicle, Wednesday, February 22, 1984
Platoon 2 under the command of Dep. Chief Joe McDermott caught this smokey fire on Laurel Road and made quick work of knocking it down. The homeowner named in the photo caption is not to be confused with our own James Moore, who would have reported to work for his first of three nights on the day this article was published.