On Saturday, November 17, firefighters from all five of Newtown's companies collaborated for the 12th annual Fill The Fire Truck Food Drive, a five-hour event that works to restock the shelves, refrigerator and freezer at FAITH Food Pantry in Sandy Hook.
Firefighters, friends and family from Sandy Hook, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder were stationed outside Big Y Supermarket on Queen Street, while a similar group representing Botsford and Dodgingtown took up their traditional position outside Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza.
At the end of the day,37 turkeys, two hams, 148 boxes of food and more than $800 in cash and gift cards were driven to Washington Avenue, delivered to the food pantry.
In addition to the firefighters and supporters who volunteered their time, event organizer Karin Halstead offers her thanks to Big Y and Stop & Shop for allowing the apparatus to be parked in front of their stores for this important event. She also sends thanks to Curtis Packaging in Sandy Hook, which donated boxes to be used to gather the food on Saturday.
October 7, 2014: Hartford Firefighter Kevin Bell, 48, died while battling a two-alarm blaze on Blue Hills Avenue.
The mission of the Sandy Hook Vol. Fire & Rescue Co., Inc. is to strive for excellence in the performance of prevention of loss of life, personal injury and damage from fire, medical and other emergencies of any or all persons when called upon. We shall do this by maintaining a high standard of training and public education and act and perform in a safe, courteous and professional manner.
Volunteer firefighters display a flashing blue light to warn other motorists when they are responding to emergencies in their personal vehicles.
While Connecticut Motor Vehicle laws do not require motorists to pull over to the right, please be courteous and let them pass.
Remember: The faster we can get to the scene of a fire, an accident or a medical call, the sooner we can save lives. After all, you wouldn't want anyone to delay our response time if you needed to call 911, would you?
When you see the blue light, move to the right.
If you would like a patch please send a request, and $5, to
Sandy Hook Vol. Fire & Rescue Company
Attn Patch Request
PO Box 783
Sandy Hook CT 06482
HELP US FIND YOU FASTER!!
IF WE CAN'T SEE YOUR HOUSE NUMBER FROM THE SEAT OF THE VEHICLES RESPONDING TO AN EMERGENCY, IT COULD DELAY OUR RESPONSE AS WELL AS THE RESPONSE OF OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS.
They can be purchased for $15, and will be designed to hang vertically or horizontally (your choice) on your mailbox post.
Stop by the firehouse any Monday night or call 203-270-4392 to place an order.