Many of Deputy Chief Walt Macdowall's friends and colleagues gathered at Laurel View Country Club in November 1991 to "roast" him. Walt retired from the Hamden Fire Department after more than 26 years of service to take command of the La Grange Fire Department in Illinois.
Many thanks to our friend Jeanine Aceto for providing these great photos, which were taken by then-Firefighter Bill Fitzmaurice. Fitzmaurice is now the B/C of Platoon 2.
Retiring Dep. Chief Walt Macdowall, flanked by son, Scott and daughter-in-law Barbara (CLICK to enlarge)
Walt's successor, newly appointed Dep. Chief Paul Wetmore, Sr. with EMS Officer, Lt. Charlie Esposito
Chief John Tramontano and Vol. Co. 7 captain, Jim Wetmore
Ff. Don Buechele and Central Comm. Dispatcher Brian Esposito
Walt with Lt. Carl Backus and Ff. Bernie Amatrudo
Councilman Ned Burt with Lt. Jack Calamo
Firefighters Harold Prescher and Rich Mayhew and wives
Jeanine Aceto and hubby. She looks the same today!