February 26 - COVID resulted in small gatherings of firefighters rotating in and out of the Legislative Council chambers at town hall Friday afternoon to wish Asst. Supt. of Apparatus Glen Tricarico well as he retires from the departrment after 21 years on the job. A registered nurse and exellent "street medic," Glen joined the department on February 28, 2000 and was assigned at various times to Stations 2, 3, and 4 before being appointed Assistant Supt. of Apparatus in February 2015.
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This March 1, 1861 New Haven Palladium article provided fascinating details of a devastating explosion at Hamden’s Eli Whitney gun factory, resulting in one fatality, several serious injuries, and halting the factory’s production of arms on the eve of America’s Civil War.
The article was provided by Tony Griego, one of several volunteer researchers at Hamden Historical Society's history room at Miller Library. Griego, a retired New Haven Police Department sergeant, has been investigating some of the Whitneyville landmarks that disappeared because of the 1860-62 construction of the dam that created Lake Whitney.
New Haven Palladium, March 1, 1861 - Courtesy of Tony Griego, Hamden Historical Society
With the "War of the Rebellion" still six weeks off, and President Lincoln’s inauguration in just three days, this news account mentions several pieces of fire apparatus from New Haven that responded to the incident, which was located at the base of the Whitney Dam, then still under construction.
The explosion at the Whitney gun factory occurred one year before New Haven established its career fire department and about 35 years before the formation Hamden’s first volunteer fire company, Highwood's Pioneer Hose Company, organized in December 1896.
The Al Gorman History Room, on the third floor of Miller Library at 2901 Dixwell Avenue, has been closed during the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They hope to reopen soon. When it reopens, the hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Tuesday.