Connecticut Firemen Convene

Connecticut Firemen Convene

Patrick M. Sherwin, a pumper engineer attached to Engine 1, Bridgeport, Conn., Fire Department, was unanimously elected president of the Connecticut State Firemen’s Association at the 63rd Annual Conference in Naugatuck on August 17. Mr. Sherwin, who served as vice president of the association for the past year, succeeds Robert F. Probst of West Hartford.

Other officers elected at the meeting were: William J. Canty, Torrington, vice president; John Moehring, Stamford, secretary; Andrew J. Flanagan, New Haven, treasurer, who succeeds Charles H. Brundage of New Haven, who died suddenly on August 16, the day before the conference opened. The Reverend Michael J. Thompson of Niantic was renamed chaplain.

County vice presidents elected were: Hartford County—Chief Anthony Rosso, Kensington; Litchfield County — Chief John Gibb, Terryville; Tolland County —Chief Benito Muzio, Staffordville; New Haven County—Kenneth Cleary, Waterbury; New London County — Chief Thurston Howard, Waterford; Fairfield County—James A. McDermott, Danbury; Windham County—Albert Martin, Willimantic; Middlesex County — Chief J. Franklyn Dunn, Middletown.

More than 450 delegates from all parts of Connecticut attended the convention. Among the speakers were Mayor Charles F. Clark of Naugatuck; U. S. Representative James D. Patterson; Mayor Edward D. Bergin of Waterbury and Leo Mulcahy, State Civil Defense Director.

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Among the important resolutions passed at the convention were:

The Association to join the United Firefighters Association of Connecticut on working for the establishment of a $6,000 minimum yearly wage for all paid fire lighters of three years’ satisfactory service with a municipal fire department.

The passage of a political rights bill for firemen at the next session of the State Legislature.

The passage of legislation providing a penalty for the failure of a person to permit another person to use a party telephone line to report a fire.

During his talk to the delegates, State Civil Defense Director Mulcahy said that he will make “every attempt to get the Federal Civil Defense Administration to change its present matching funds policy on fire equipment.” At present there is no provision for fire equipment, he said. Director Mulcahy also asked the association to consider his request for another civil defense rescue training school in Connecticut, to be located in the western section of the state. One already is planned for eastern Connecticut.

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