The public official who was highly instrumental in the creation of the memorial dedicated to fallen firefighters was honored during the annual memorial service Oct. 17 at the Fire Academy in Windsor Locks.
Expressing appreciation for the citation she received, Gov. M. Jodi Rell declared, “This memorial serves as a permanent reminder of the bravery and dedication of all of our fallen firefighters. It also serves as a place where we can pay our respects — and perhaps find peace.”
The Governor explained that the annual memorial service provides an opportunity not only to recognize the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty but also honor “the firefighters who continue to serve throughout the state.”
Noting that there are more than 26,000 career and volunteer firefighters in Connecticut’s largest cities and smallest towns, Mrs. Rell asked that people pause every so often and recognize “the tremendous job” performed by these men and women.
In closing, Mrs. Rell told the audience, “We have an obligation to remember the fallen heroes not just today, but every day.”
Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal, in brief remarks, paid tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. He praised the day-to-day around the clock work of Connecticut firefighters.
Six additional names were added to the honor roll, bringing the total to 313. The latest names etched in the panels surrounding the black granite Memorial are: Maurice F. Fitzgerald, Waterbury Fire Dept., Nov. 23, 1925; Henry F. Gabianelli, Paugasset H&L Co. #4, Nov. 22, 1968; Kenneth J. Jeffrey, U.S. Sub. Base Fire Dept., Dec 31, 2003; Noel B. Raston, Mansfield Vol. Fire Co., Oct 17, 1961; Gerald F. Schumann, Madison Hose Co. #1, March 16, 2003; and Robert A. Griffin, Prospect Volunteer Fire Dept., March 13, 2004.