Cromwell Fire Department 2002 Awards Banquet
The Holiday Inn put on a delicious buffet for the assembled members and guests. Bartolotta's Florist provided complimentary corsages for the ladies, and DJ Bill Duncan once again provided the evening's music. Banquet Coordinators Dick Loza and Doug Logan and their committee planned an enjoyable and memorable celebration.
Past Chief and current Fire District Commissioner Don Swanson offered a moving prayer of thanks for firefighters and EMS providers in Cromwell and around the world, and all present observed a period of silence to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th.
This year's awards were presented as follows:
|Member of the Year||Capt. Steve Pendl|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Oren "Rebel" Cleland|
|30 Years of Service||Richard E. Loza|
|25 Years of Service||David Colligan
|20 Years of Service||Jim Bellamo
|15 Years of Service||Jodi Angus|
|10 Years of Service||Steve Colligan
Frank Darius Sr.
|5 Years of Service||Ken Allen
|913 hours||Jason Landry, EMT|
|699 hours||Steve Amaro, EMT|
|589 hours||Robert K. Johnson, MRT|
|588 hours||Robert Barone, EMT|
|582 hours||Gabrielle Rollf, EMT|
|578 hours||Chip Darius, EMT|
|572 hours||Kim Smith, EMT|
|527 hours||Sarah Chaffee, EMT|
|524 hours||Ed Clapp, Driver|
|516 hours||Donna Cote, EMT|
|507 hours||Sarah Monday, EMT|
|504 hours||Rachel Weiselberg, EMT|
The 2001 Call of the Year came in at 0200 hours, April 2nd, initially reported as a person yelling from down in a ravine. On arrival we found a young woman bleeding from severe leg injuries at the bottom of a steep embankment next to Worcester Street pizza on Route 372. The Rescue provided scene lighting, and Rescue Squad members prepared ropes to help EMS technicians safely descend the embankment. The patient was treated for shock and blood loss, and strapped into a Stokes basket. Fire, Rescue and EMS personnel struggled together to bring the patient up to the roadway, where Middlesex Hospital paramedics began advanced life support. The patient was transported to the Level 1 Trauma Center at Hartford Hospital, where she underwent a number of surgeries to correct massive soft tissue damage.
The smooth teamwork among all members of the rescue team saved this person's life, reduced her suffering, and sped her recovery. Members involved with this rescue were honored with certificates of recognition for "Exceptional Teamwork."