The HFRA Memorial tribute has been updated. Many better photos of our deceased brothers have replaced older ones.
Of the over 325 individuals who have served as career Hamden firefighters, this tribute remembers and celebrates the 125, including the pre-1942 volunteer chief officers and "paid drivers," who have answered their last alarm.
The website is paying tribute this month to our late brother, Joe Rahl, who passed away just before Christmas. We have compiled a number of photos and one very special "cigar" anecdote - a TRUE story - to remember a guy with a tremendous sense of humor who always brought a smile and a chuckle to his fellow firefighters. CLICK HERE and enjoy!
In March 1988, Platoon 1, under the command of Commander (B/C) Jack Laffin, participated in some high elevation training at Bassett Field. At left is Cmdr. Laffin with a young firefighter who one day would be in charge of Platoon 4, where Jack spent many years as captain. Jack, who now lives on Cape Cod, just celebrated his 95th birthday on Christmas Eve.
A World War II veteran like many of his peers, Jack Laffin was appointed to the Hamden Fire Department on October 17, 1949. Thirty years ago at 0800 on January 1, 1990, Jack retired after his final night shift on the job. He is the only department thus far to have worked in six different decades.