Cromwell Fire Department 2008 Awards Banquet
The Court Yard Marriot put on a delicious buffet for the assembled members and guests. Bartolotta's Florist provided complimentary corsages for the ladies, the Auxiliary did an awesome job with 80th Anniversary glasses, and DJ from Music + provided the evening's music. Banquet Coordinators Dick Loza and Doug Logan and their committee planned an enjoyable and memorable celebration.
The evening started with the Cromwell Fire Department Color Guard being lead in my the CT Pipes & Drums.
Past Chief and current Fire District Commissioner Don Swanson offered a moving prayer of thanks for firefighters and EMS providers both present and deceased in Cromwell and around the world.
This year's awards were presented as follows:
|Member of the Year||Jeremy Reneson|
|Life Time Achievement Award||Ken Going|
|45 Years of Service||Ken Going|
|30 Years of Service||Russ Johnson|
|20 Years of Service||Bill
|15 Years of Service||William McKnight|
|10 Years of Service||Shon Hatcher
|5 Years of Service||Rick Dryburgh
Honorees for the evening
We would like to honor two members of the Cromwell Police Dept. who recently retired:
Retired Officer Brian McGuinness, escorted by Kathleen
Retired Officer Patrick Ahlquist, escorted by his wife Joan
The last award is our Special Civic Duty award, which is presented to a member of the public, who is unrelated to the Cromwell Fire Department, who did an outstanding service during an emergency. The award this year goes to a very young resident of Cromwell.
Jodi Acampora –Dad
On June 30, 2007 at approximately 6:45 p.m., Dispatcher Christopher Bellamo received a 911 call from 641 Main St. Benjamin Acamporo, age 8 years old, assisted his Dad to report that his brother Nicholas, age 3 was having a seizure. While their Dad, Jody was tending to Nicholas, Benjamin stayed on the phone line to report any updates. Benjamin also assisted his Dad in keeping his brother calm by holding his hand and reassuring him. Upon arrival of the EMS personnel, Benjamin was very helpful in relating information and events that had occurred.
We understand that Benjamin has said that he is very proud to have helped, that we were very knowledgeable, and he referred to us as heroes. From our point of view, Benjamin is the hero who helped save his brother.
Personnel on scene included: