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Since 1947

The White Hills Civic Club was chartered May 20, 1946.  A stated aim of the organization was to promote community welfare.  One of the first objectives was to form a volunteer fire company, and purchase a fire truck.  The fire company was formed in 1947 and the first truck was purchased in 1948 costing $7,000.  Members signed personal  notes to assure the payment of the new vehicle.   They also held two day country fairs to help in the payment for the new fire truck.  Those two day  fairs were a tremendous amount of work. Some of the attractions were, animals and produce on exhibit, there was a baked goods table, white elephant table, snack bar, games of chance, raffles, square dancing, and many other attractions.  scroll down to view our history. 

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YEAR            OFFICERS                                   YEAR IN REVIEW

1947        Capt.            Harold French            We had a captain and officers, but no trucks or  fire house.

                1st Lt.          Joseph Novak                50 families lived in the White Hills of  Shelton.

                2nd Lt.         Nick Wabuda

                Treas.         Robert Baldwin

                Sec.             Charles Beardsley

1948        Capt.            Harold French                    Incorporation papers were signed, and we ordered our

               1st Lt.            Joseph Novak                       first fire truck.  Members signed personal notes to assure

2nd Lt.         Nick Wabuda                       payment of the new truck.  A  building committee was           

 Treas.          James Curtis                        also formed.

                Sec.               Charles Beardsley

1949        Capt.           Harold French                  The first annual fair  was held, and the New fire truck    

1st Lt.          Joseph Novak                     Engine 51 arrived.  Leonard McEwen finished Charles Beardsley's       

2nd Lt          Nick Wabuda                      term as secretary, and still holds that title today.

Treas.           James Curtis                        The Civic club donated $1,000 towards the construction          

Sec.                Charles Beardsley             of a cinder block addition to store the new fire truck.  The

                        Leonard McEwen             new fire truck was stored in a barn in White Hills during the summer,

                                                                    and in the Monroe Fire House through the winter until the new addition

                                                                                    was completed. 

1950        Capt.                  John Wabuda                A By-laws committee was formed and the fire company   

                1st  Lt.                Paul Ferrand                    By-laws were acted on.

                2nd  Lt.              George Glover

                Treas.                James Curtis

                Sec.                    Leonard McEwen

 1951        Capt.             George Glover                 The fire company fought its first major fire when

                1st Lt.            Joseph Wabuda                    Novotny's barn burnt.

                2nd Lt.            Robert McEwen

                Treas.               James Curtis

                Sec.                   Leonard McEwen

 1952        Capt.              Harry Gragen                    The first general dance and carnival were held to

1st Lt.                John Kosowsky                help raise funds for the fire company.

                2nd Lt.               Robert McEwen

                Treas.                 James Curtis

                Sec.                     Leonard McEwen

 1953        Capt.                  John Wabuda                    The fire company installed the first fire alarm siren.

                1st Lt.                  Robert McEwen

                 2nd Lt.                Rex King

                Treas.                   James Curtis

                Sec.                    Leonard McEwen

 1954        Capt.                John Wabuda                        A portable pump was purchased at the price of  $450.

                1st Lt.                Robert McEwen                   The pump was mainly used to pump out cellars, but it

                2nd Lt.               Andrew Swist                        could also be used for fighting fires.

                Treas.                 James Curtis

                Sec.                    Leonard McEwen

 1955        Capt.                  John Wabuda                    An electric well pump was installed at the fire house.   

                1st Lt.                    Robert McEwen                   This replaced the old  hand pump.  The Lombardi farm            

2nd Lt.                   Andrew Swist                       on Soundview Ave was a major barn  fire this year.           

Treas.                    James Curtis

                Sec.                        Leonard McEwen

 1956        Capt.                 John Kosowsky                       A new  two way radio was installed in the truck.

                1st Lt.                  Andrew Swist                          The second fire company carnival/fair was held.

                2nd Lt.                Harry Gragen

                Treas.                  James Curtis

                Sec.                    Leonard McEwen

 1957        Capt.                John Kosowsky                         The fire company purchased our first sanctioned uniform.

                1st Lt.                Arlo Sturdevant                        A truck committee was formed to spec out a  new truck.

                2nd Lt.               George Novotny

                Treas.                 James Curtis

                Sec.                      Leonard McEwen

 1958        Capt.                George Novotny                      The fire company ordered a new fire truck from the   

                1st Lt.                Arlo Sturdevant                        American LaFrance Company.  A Chevrolet military

                2nd Lt.               Robert Asplund                        surplus vehicle from the Civil Defense was received.

                Treas.                James Curtis                              This truck became Engine 52.

                Sec.                     Leonard McEwen

 1959        Capt.                George Novotny                    The new fire truck arrived.  Engine 53 was bought by the

                1st Lt.                Robert Asplund                        fire company, at a price of  $12,000.  With       1,000 gallons

                2nd Lt.               George Payne                            of water this truck was state of the art for itĻs time. 

                Treas.                  James Curtis                            Engine 53 served the White Hills of Shelton until 1991.

                Sec.                      Leonard McEwen

 

1960        Capt.               George Novotny             The fire company held our first annual Firemenís Ball.

                1st Lt.               John Kosowsky                Several work parties were held to make renovations to

                2nd Lt.              Walter Wheeler                the meeting room.

                Treas.                James Curtis

                 Sec.                   Leonard McEwen

 1961        Capt.               John Kosowsky                The fire company held our second annual Fireman's Ball.

                1st Lt.                Walter Wheeler

                2nd Lt.                John Gluck

                Treas.                  James Curtis

                Sec.                     Leonard McEwen

 1962        Capt.               Walter Wheeler                      A new portable pump and fire fighting foam equipment

                1st Lt.                John Gluck                            were received.   The junior fire fighter  brigade was    

                2nd Lt.               John Grasic                            established for 16 to 18 year olds.

                Treas.                James Curtis

                Sec.                    Leonard McEwen

 1963        Capt.                John Gluck                          The fire company grew rapidly at this time.

                1st Lt.                 Jack W. Toth                       All the trucks, Engine 51, 52, and 53 were equipped with

                2nd Lt.                John Grasic                       two way radios.

                Treas.                  James Curtis

                Sec.                       Leonard McEwen

 1964        Capt.                 Jack W. Toth                       The first drafting hydrant was installed at Novakís pond.

                1st Lt.                   Harry  Gragen                    Co. #5 responded to a train wreck in which 25 cars

                 2nd Lt.                 Malcolm Bruce                  derailed, at Indian Wells State Park.  19 firefighters were

                Treas.                    Richard Clark                    hospitalized, as one of the rail cars was leaking anhydrous        

Sec.                        Leonard McEwen                ammonia.  James Curtis stepped down as treasure after

                                                                                         16 years in the position.

 1965        Capt.                   Jack W. Toth                     Captain elect John Kosowsky passed away before taking

                1st Lt.                    Malcolm Bruce                  his chair.  It was a sad time for company #5.  The newly

                2nd Lt.                  Arlo Sturdevant                  finished social room was named in his honor.  A new    

                Treas.                    Richard Clark                     addition to the building was approved by the Civic Club.

                Sec.                        Leonard McEwen                 Shelton plunged into darkness as Connecticut, along with

                                                                                             eight other states and part of Canada shared in a major    

                                                                                             power failure.

 1966        Capt.                   George Novotny                  New company uniforms were ordered and worn to the

                1st Lt.                    Walter Wheeler                    company ball.  The fire company joined the Connecticut

                2nd Lt.                    John Novotny                      Firemenís Association.  The Ladies Auxiliary was also    

                Treas.                      Joseph Novak                        established this year.

    Sec.                         Leonard McEwen

 1967    Capt.                       Walter Wheeler                       The new meeting rooms were accepted by the company

                1st Lt.                    John Novotny                           and used for the first time.  Fire Brigade(Jr. Members)

                2nd Lt.                   Richard Bates                        were renamed as the Shelton Emergency Fire Dept.

                Treas.                    Joseph Novak                        A new truck committee was formed (brush truck 54).

                Sec.                       Leonard McEwen                  A stone monument was erected to honor deceased firemen

                                                                                             from company #5.

 1968    Capt.                      John Novotny                          Former Treasurer James Curtis, passed away.  The

            1st Lt.                      Richard Bates                           company received plectrons(radio home alert systems).

             2nd Lt                    Bill Marsilllio                            The new truck Brush,  Truck #54 was received.  The

             Treas.                      Joseph Novak                             company fought a major barn fire at the Hubbell Farm.

              Sec.                         Leonard McEwen                       A land acquisition committee was formed to set a site for

                                                                                                 a new fire station.

 1969        Capt.                    Walter Wheeler                   The first annual joint carnival with the Echo Hose Hook    

                1st Lt.                    Harry Shepard                        and Ladder Company was held.  Funds for a new fire

                2nd Lt.                   Richard Psomas                   house were requested from the Board of Alderman.  The

                Treas.                    Joseph Novak                        fire company once again responded to a train wreck.

              Sec.                         Leonard McEwen                    There were no injuries this time.  Torrential rains caused

                                                                                                 73 families to be driven from there homes this year.

  

1970        Capt.          Richard Psomas                    Condemnation proceedings for the lot at 2 School St.

                1st Lt.           James Spry                            began in order to build the new fire station.  The annual    

                2nd Lt.          Richard Dyer                          carnival once again was a success.  On the day  of the fire

                Treas.            Sam Psomas                           company family outing, Company #5 responded to a

                Sec.                Leonard McEwen                 fatal  plane crash.  Also this year the 911 system was put

                                                                                     into service for the 929 phone exchange.

 1971        Capt.            James Spry                    This year there was a big problem on The Hill with

                1st Lt.            Richard  Dyer                  gypsy moths.  The fire company sprayed trees for

                2nd Lt.          Edward Manion               donations.  A building committee was formed and new    

                Treas.            Charles Matula                engine 52 was ordered from the Hahn Fire Equip Co.

                Sec.                Leonard McEwen

 1972        Capt.            Richard Dyer                    A Building site sign was erected at 2 School St for the

                1st Lt.           Edward Manion                 new fire house.   The company marched in the Vt. State

                2nd Lt.          Jack W. Toth                     Firemen's Convention Parade.  Once again, The Hill was

                Treas.            Charles Matula                  challenged by gypsy moths, once again Co #5 won the battle.

                Sec.               Leonard McEwen 

 1973    Capt.              Edward Manion                  Engine #52 was received and placed in service.  The

                1st Lt.            Jack W. Toth                      ground breaking ceremonies for the new fire house were         

Lt.                   Thomas Canfield               planned  for July 1974.  Phil Woodbury was named as

Treas.            Charles Matula                   the first Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for

                Sec.              Leonard McEwen                 the City of Shelton from the White Hills Fire Company.

                                                                                     Company #5 responded to a school bus full of children,

                                                                                    that crashed into a barn and caught fire on Rte. 110.

 1974        Capt.           Edward Manion                A furniture & furnishing committee was formed for the    

1st Lt.            Jack W. Toth                     new firehouse.  This was the last full year in the original

                2nd Lt.           Thomas Polson                station.  Plans for closure of the old firehouse and moving

                Treas.            Charles Matula                  were made, March 1975 was the target date.  We also

                Sec.               Leonard McEwen                  won best overall fire Co., 25 men or less in the State

                                                                                     Firemen's Convention.

  1975        Capt.           Jack W. Toth                    Governor Ella Grasso attended the opening of the new

                1st Lt.        Thomas Polson                   fire station.  This was one week after Shelton fought the

 2nd Lt.        Francis Wheeler                  largest industrial arson fire in the nationĻs history, when

                Treas.        Charles Matula                    B. F. Goodrich plants 4 & 6 exploded.

                Sec.              Leonard McEwen

 1976        Capt.          Thomas Polson                    The by-laws were changed, active members were no

                1st Lt.           Francis Wheeler                  longer required to live in the White Hills fire district.  The

                2nd Lt.           James Aiken                        social room was completed.  Firefighters that helped fight

                Treas.            Ronald Masiero                   the Walnut Ave fire were treated to a steak dinner.

                Sec.                 Leonard McEwen                   A first!!!

 1977         Capt.            John Novotny                    A C.B. radio and antenna were installed so that members

                1st Lt.            Steve Martin                      could find further information on  fires that they were

                2nd Lt.           Phil Woodbury                responding to.  A wet/dry vacuum and T.V. antenna were

                Treas.              Ronald Masiero                donated to the fire company.

                   Sec.                Leonard McEwen

 1978        Capt.               Francis Wheeler               September  that  year we took delivery of new Engine 51.

                1st Lt.                Steve Martin                    The volunteers of  The Shelton Fire Department donated

                2nd Lt.               Jack Medley                    $2,100  to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit.

                Treas.                John Bova

                Sec.                    Leonard McEwen

  1979    Capt.                  Steve Martin                   The White Hills Civic Club, responsible for starting the

                1st Lt.                Jack Medley                     fire company, disbanded.  Old Engine 51(our first truck)

                2nd Lt.              Jack S. Toth                       was retired 30  years after the Civic Club had helped with

                Treas.               John Bova                          its purchase.

                Sec.                  Leonard McEwen

 

1980        Capt.            Jack Medley                    We took delivery of new Tanker 59Old 59 purchased    

                1st Lt.            Jack S. Toth                    by the fire Co. was sold to the Bridgewater Fire Dept.

                2nd Lt.          Joe Martinka

                Treas.            John Bova

                Sec.                Leonard McEwen

 1981        Capt.              Jack S. Toth                        This was a big year for fund raisers.  Many members

                1st Lt.              Joe Martinka                        walked door to door asking every resident for support.

                2nd Lt.           Paul Furedy                         This was very successful and enabled the company to

                Treas.              John Bova                           purchase additional life saving equipment.

                Sec.                Leonard McEwen

 1982        Capt.                Joseph Martinka                 The 1981 officers voted for the first annual Fire Fighter

                1st Lt.                Paul Furedy                         of the year award  & I got to present it to my brother  Tony.    

                2nd Lt.               Robert Rockwell                  We voted in 18 new members during  this year      

                Tres.                    John Bova                            several of them  went on to become captains of

Sec.                        Leonard McEwen              the fire company and one Jim Lagomarsino  went on to

Fire fighter of Year:     Tony Martinka                    become Chief  of  the Shelton Fire Department.

 

 

                        

 

 1983        Capt.                 Jack S. Toth                           Major renovations were proposed for the upstairs kitchen.

                1st Lt.                Paul Furedy                            When completed the renovations enhanced our ability to

                2nd Lt.                Robert Rockwell                  hold fund-raisers and also provided much needed storage

                Treas.                  John Bova                            space for uniforms and equipment.

                Sec.                       Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year:    Sam Stern

 

 1984    Capt.                          Francis Wheeler                      The company had won many awards and trophies over

                1st Lt.                    Robert Rockwell                     the past 37 years.  A trophy case was designed  and

                2nd Lt.                  Orville Smith                            constructed to display these trophies and awards.

                Treas.                    Richard VonWerder

                Sec.                        Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year:    James Lagomarsino

 

 1985    Capt.                         Robert Rockwell                         Hurricane ≥Gloria≤ struck the Northeast.  Fire Co. #5

                1st Lt.                   Orville Smith                           was out for days opening roads that had been blocked by

   2nd Lt.                  James Troy                               downed trees, and securing areas where power lines were

                Treas.                    Richard VonWerder             down.  At the same time the fire Co. responded to a house

                Sec.                        Leonard McEwen                   fire on Leavenworth Rd caused by unattended candles.

Fire fighter of Year:    Rodman Kneen Jr.

Service Appreciation:  Tim Manion

 

 1986        Capt.                   James Troy                           Old Truck 54  was retired.  Old 54 was the work horse at

                1st Lt.                  Orville Smith                          many valley brush fires.  This year  we also took delivery

                2nd Lt.               Francis Wheeler                     of new Truck 54.

                Treas.                Richard VonWerder

                Sec.                     Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year:  Tim Manion

Service Appreciation:Sam Stern

 

 1987        Capt.                   Orville Smith                            The White Hills Fire Company #5 was named.  The Best

                1st Lt.                  Francis Wheeler                         Overall Unit & State Champions, in the State FiremenĻs

                 2nd Lt.                James Lagomarsino                   Parade.  The highest ever pizza bill ever recorded after a

                Treas.                   Richard VonWerder                  parade - $350.

                Sec.                       Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year:     Bob Rosetti

Service Appreciation:   Fran Wheeler

 

 1988        Capt.                  Orville Smith                          A City  water line was brought into The fire house, and a

                1st Lt.                James Lagomarsino                   fire main with hydrants was laid in East Village Rd.

                2nd Lt.                Charles Ovesny                       This was a result of the persistence of the fire company

                Treas.                 Richard VonWerder                  members, residence and the city.

                Sec.                       Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year:    Soren Ibsen

Service Appreciation:  Alan Ovesny

 

 1989        Capt.                     James Lagomarsino          There were many structure fires this year including the Beard Building on Canal St. 

                1st Lt.                    Charles Ovesny                    The most memorable event this year was being named.  Best

                2nd Lt.                   Soren Ibsen                          Overall Unit in the State Firemen's Convention Parade.

                Treas.                    Richard VonWerder             Once again we were state champions.

                Sec.                         Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year:      Mike Kellett

Service Appreciation:    Bruce Kosowski

 

 

1990        Capt.                 Charles Ovesny                     Training was taken to new levels, mock fire mazes in the

                1st Lt.                Soren Ibsen                             Stern's trailers, and many other evolutions. John

                2nd Lt.               Samuel Stern                          Beardsley's  farm house was gutted by a stubborn

                Treas.                Richard VonWerder              evening fire that was hampered by downed power lines.

                Sec.                     Leonard McEwen                  This was  Old Engine 53's last working house fire.

Fire fighter of Year:    Paul Hays

Service Appreciation:  Leroy Rogers

 

 1991        Capt.                Soren Ibsen                              This was a very busy year.  Co. #5 took delivery of new

                 1st Lt.               Samuel Stern                        Engine 53 in July.  During the months prior to delivery

                 2nd Lt.             Timothy Manion                     our truck committee made several  trips to the plant

                Treas.                Richard VonWerder               in PA for vehicle inspection.  Also during this year the

                Sec.                     Leonard McEwen                   company was busy raising money for our new hydraulic

Fire fighter of Year:  Richard Bashar                        rescue tool.  We raised $12,000 thanks to the residents,

Service Appreciation:  Charles Ovesny                      businesses, and a memorial fund for deceased member

                                                                                                Dirck Mulford.

      

 1992        Capt.                  Samuel Stern                            The new hydraulic rescue tool arrived.  An extensive

                1st Lt.                 Timothy Manion                     training program was initiated for the use of the rescue

                2nd Lt.                Rodman Kneen                          system.  This tool and the extensive training have effected

                Treas.                  Richard VonWerder                  countless rescues in White Hills since it was purchased.

                 Sec.                      Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year:    Bob Dolberg

Service Appreciation:  James Lagomarsino

 

 1993        Capt.                 Timothy Manion                      There were several major fires in the City, including a

                1st Lt.                 Rodman Kneen                          Sunday morning house fire on Jonathan La. In which the

                2nd Lt.                Jack Delisio                               home owner was rescued, thanks to two off duty police

Treas.                 Richard VonWerder                 officers, that lived on the street. These officers were given        

Sec.                     Leonard McEwen                       award for bravery from the White Hills Fire Co., City of

Fire fighter of Year:   Shaun Wheeler                          Shelton, Stamford Police Association, and Trumbull

Service Appreciation: Mike Kellett                               Police Department.  Other major fires included, Hunters                                                              

                                                                                                  Corner, Shelton Tack and the Samarius Building.

 1994        Capt.               Rodman Kneen                              A truck committee was formed to spec a new heavier cab

                1st Lt.               John Recce                                      & chassis for the brush truck.  The front entry to the

                2nd Lt.              Tony Martinka                              fire station was dressed up with a new trophy case built 

                Treas.                Richard VonWerder                       inside, and a new flag pole erected outside by the    

                Sec.                    Leonard McEwen                            members.  An  orientation  manual was created for  new

Fire fighter of Year:  Ed Tevolitz                                        members.

Service Appreciation:Paul Hays

                                                                                

 

   1995        Capt.                 Rodman Kneen                          The I-2 policy, requiring mandatory training, was 

                1st Lt.                    John Recce                                    enforced for the first time, making our active roles leaner

                2nd Lt.                  Tony Martinka                            yet more professional.  Thanks to the caring and giving of

Treas.                    Richard VonWerder                    the members, a Christmas to remember was shared with a

                Sec.                         Leonard McEwen                        special little boy in White Hills.

Fire fighter of Year:       Tony DeSarli

Service Appreciation:    Lou Cortigiano

 

 1996        Capt.                      John Recce                                    The New brush truck arrived, replacing the truck

                1st Lt.                      Tony Martinka                             purchased in 1986, which is still in service and was converted

                 2nd Lt.                    Francis Wheeler                           over for use by the fire alarms division.  We also took

                Treas.                       Richard VonWerder                    delivery of our cold water rescue suits. These are designed to

                 Sec.                           Leonard McEwen                        rescue people that have fallen through ice. 

Fire fighter of Year:          Bruce Kosowski

Service Appreciation:        Richard VonWerder

 

 1997        Capt.                       Tony Martinka                                Here we are celebrating  50 years of neighbors helping

                1st Lt.                        Francis Wheeler                              neighbors.  We are joined in our celebration by the White

                2nd Lt.                      Tony DeSarli                                  Hills Ladies Auxiliary as they celebrate 30 years.  The

                Treas.                        Richard VonWerder                      White Hills of Shelton have changed greatly over the past

Sec.                            Leonard McEwen                            50 years but, our intent remains the same as our founders,

Fire fighter of Year:          Tim Kiely                                           To protect the lives and property of our neighbors.

Service Appreciation:        Leonard McEwen

 

                                                           

1998        Capt.                       Francis Wheeler                       The year was just hours old when we faced out first hard working         

                1st Lt.                        Tony DeSarli                              structure fire on Summit Ridge Rd.  The occupants were not at

                2nd Lt.                      Timothy Manion                         home and the fire room was fully involved before it was noticed.            

                Treas.                        Richard VonWerder                   an aggressive attack contained most fire damage to the room of origin.  

Sec.                            Leonard McEwen 

Fire fighter of Year:         Jayson Kneen

Service Appreciation:       Alan Ovesny & Bob Mcguire

         

1999        Capt.                       Tony DeSarli                         The company challenged the City's unfair process of selecting chief

                1st Lt.                        Timothy Manion                       officers.  The courts agreed that the chief selection process was         

                2nd Lt.                      Edward Tevolitz                         tainted due to an existing professional relationship between

                Treas.                        Richard VonWerder                   the Chairman of the Board and the Chief.   The City's response

Sec.                            Leonard McEwen                         was to change the testing procedure allowing the chief to remain.

Fire fighter of Year:          Brian Mohyde

Service Appreciation:        Charles Ovesny II

 

2000       Capt.                       Timothy Manion                           Company 5 hosted one of the largest Valley-wide training events

                1st Lt.                        Edward Tevolitz                           in recent history.  Fire companies from Shelton, Monroe, Derby,

                2nd Lt.                      Robert Albert                                Trumbull, Newtown and Shelton Fire Explores participated in the

                Treas.                        Richard VonWerder                      live burn of a large abandoned house on the old Hubble property.

Sec.                            Leonard McEwen                           Although, the fire itself lasted less than an hour and half.  The

 Fire fighter of Year          Charles Ovesny II                        Planning for this event spanned several months and involved countless

 Service Appreciation:       Mike Rogucki                               hours of dedication by Company members, Shelton training officers the

                                                                                            &  Shelton Fire Marshal's Office.(The 100' fir tree next to the house did not burn)

          

         

2001

Company 5 began to draw up specifications for  tanker 59  This year through generous donations by the residents of White Hills, we purchased a thermal imaging device used for search & rescue operations.  Company 5 also responded mutual-aid to Ansonia to combat the Latex Foam Factory fire.

Capt.    

Edward Tevolitz   

1st Lt.   

Robert Albert      

2nd  Lt.

Shaun Wheeler   

Treas.

Richard VonWerder 

Sec. 

Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year

Jim Cyr

Service Appreciation

Nicole Cybart

2002  

Our treasurer Rich VonWerder passed away he is missed by all.  Many of the photos on this site were taken by Richie.    Soren Ibsen completed Richie's term.   The addition to house  new tanker 59 was erected and the installation of new energy efficient bay doors was implemented by the Captain.

Capt.    

Robert Albert       

1st Lt.   

Timothy Manion

2nd  Lt.

  Lou Cortigiano  

Treas.

Richard VonWerder & Soren Ibsen      

Sec. 

Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year

Soren Ibsen

Service Appreciation

 

2003        

New Tanker 59 a 3000 gallon Pierce Kenworth was put into service   replacing the 1980 Mack 2000 gal. Tanker, and specifications     were drawn for a new Rescue Pumper to replace Engine 52.  This year marks 30 years of proud service for Engine 52. 

Capt.    

Timothy Manion 

1st Lt.   

Lou Cortigiano

2nd  Lt.

Edward Tevolitz     

Treas.

Soren Ibsen    

Sec. 

Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year

Donald Tagg

Service Appreciation

Daniel Gramigna

2004 

New Engine 52  a Pierce Rescue Pumper was put into service.  The truck replaced our 1973 Hahn.  The Hahn served the City of Shelton for over 31 years and was that last  of the front line pumpers still in service that had fought the Sponge Rubber Products Fire of 1975. 

Capt. 

Lou Cortigiano   

1st Lt.   

Shaun Wheeler      

2nd  Lt.

Charles Ovesny III 

Treas.

Soren Ibsen      

Sec. 

Leonard McEwen

Fire fighter of Year

Alan Ovesny

Service Appreciation

 

2005

Old Engine 52 was cleaned up by company 5 members and sent to serve brother firefighters in  Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  The White Hills community suffered a tragic loss during a fatal house fire on Robert Frost Drive.  Through the generosity of  the White Hills Residents, the company purchased the cab and chassis which will soon be outfitted with a utility body to be used for emergency and public service calls.     

Capt. 

Shaun Wheeler         

1st Lt.   

Fran Wheeler  

2nd  Lt.

Edward Tevolitz 

Treas.

Soren Ibsen      

Sec. 

Leonard McEwen

Service Appreciation

Soren Ibsen

Service Appreciation

Bruce Kosowski

2006 

After Serving under every captain in the history of the fire company Leonard McEwen stepped down as secretary and was named Secretary Emeritus.    Company 5 continued their aggressive fundraising efforts in order to place utility  truck 55  in service this year. 

Capt. 

Lou Cortigiano 

1st Lt.   

Edward Tevolitz 

2nd  Lt.

Charles Ovesny  III    

Treas.

Soren Ibsen    

Sec. 

 Joe Matis/Fran Wheeler

Fire fighter of Year

Paul Hays

Service Appreciation

Mike Cordi

2007

2007 was a very busy year for City-wide training.  This benefit of this training was displayed when White Hills Fire Company along with brothers from neighboring fire companies battled a large barn fire on School St, up the road from the fire house.  The large fire was visible for miles, however, a coordinated attack the fire was held to the barn. 

Capt. 

Edward Tevolitz

1st Lt.   

Charles Ovesny III / Shaun Wheeler

2nd  Lt.

Shaun Wheeler / Fran Wheeler

Treas.

Soren Ibsen

Sec. 

Fran Wheeler

Fire fighter of Year

Mike Alterio Sr.

Service Appreciation

 

 

2008

The Shelton Fire Department responded to a fire on the second floor of Shelton High School.    Resources from surrounding towns were called in to assist during the extensive over hall and mop up.  For further details click below.

Fire erupts at Shelton High School - The Connecticut Post Online

Capt. 

Edward Tevolitz / Shaun Wheeler

1st Lt.   

Shaun Wheeler / Fran Wheeler

2nd  Lt.

Donald Tagg

Treas.

Soren Ibsen

Sec. 

Fran Wheeler

Asst. Chief

Edward Tevolitz

Fire fighter of Year

Mike Alterio Jr.

Service Appreciation

Fran Wheeler

 

2009

White Hills Fire Company 5 won the Valley Firemen's Soft Ball League Championship.  

In December, the members of Company 5 responded to a 56 car pile up on Route 110 near Indian Wells Rd.  Truck 55 responded to close the top of route 110 as the situation was being assessed.  This quick response by Truck 55 prevent countless additional vehicles from descending the hill and crashing into the already massive pile up. 

Capt. 

  Tony DeSarli      

1st Lt.   

Alan Ovesny

2nd  Lt.

Mike Alterio

Treas.

Soren Ibsen

Sec. 

Paul Hays

Asst. Chief

Edward Tevolitz

Fire fighter of Year

Matt Egensteiner

Service Appreciation

Charles Ovesny II & Lou Cortigiano

 

2010

 

Capt. 

 Tony DeSarli   

The fire company saw a great increase in membership this year.  Major incidents this year include a gas main break on route 110 and several motor vehicle extrications and residential structure fires.       

1st Lt.   

Alan Ovesny

2nd  Lt.

C. J. Martin

Treas.  

Soren Ibsen

Sec. 

Paul Hays

Asst. Chief

Edward Tevolitz

Fire fighter of Year

Joh Kristof

Service Appreciation

Edward Tevolitz

 

2011

 

Capt. 

 Alan Ovesny 

The life of a White Hills resident was saved during a working fire at her home.  Lt. Charles Ovesny entered the burning building with out the protection of a hand line after hearing a faint call for help.  He proceed through heavy smoke with active fire in the adjacent room to located and rescue the victim.  The fire company held the first annual White Hills Community Tree Lighting this year.  Secretary Emeritus  Leonard McEwen Passed away this year.  Leonard was a charter member and served under every in the Fire Company until 2006.    

1st Lt.   

C.J. Martin

2nd  Lt.

Charles Ovesny

Treas.  

Soren Ibsen

Sec. 

Donald Tagg

Asst. Chief

Edward Tevolitz

Fire fighter of Year

Chris Calkins

Service Appreciation

Kevin McCue

 

2012

 

Capt. 

 Alan Ovesny

Hurricane Sandy struck the state causing extensive damage in Connecticut.  The members of White Hills Fire Co. 5 along with our brother companies in Shelton responded to calls throughout the night and into the early morning.  Many residents of town were without out power for over a week.  The City voted to replace a good portion of the fire department's aging fleet including Engine 53 in White Hills which will be replaced by a state of the art combination ladder/pumper truck.  Through the generosity of  the White Hills Residents, the company purchased a thermal imager for locating victims in smoky environments and locating hidden fires among many other life saving purposes.    

 

1st Lt.   

Charles Ovesny

2nd  Lt.

Fran Wheeler

Treas.  

Soren Ibsen

Sec. 

Donald Tagg

Asst. Chief

Daryl Osiecki

Fire fighter of Year

John Tatun

Service Appreciation

Tony Martinka

 

2013

 

Capt. 

 Charles Ovesny

    

Volunteers hunkered down for a long weekend at station 5 as Winter Storm Nemo hammered New England leaving Shelton in up to 3' of snow.  Mayor Mark Lauretti declared a state of emergency for Shelton, as most roads were impassable.  The original crew reported to station 5 on Friday afternoon and stayed on duty for 48 hours until additional personnel trapped at home could finally make it through the snow to relieve them.    The hydrant markers purchased by Company 5 largely through resident donations proved themselves to be a valuable tool during and after the blizzard. 

 

1st Lt.   

Fran Wheeler

2nd  Lt.

Kevin McCue

Treas.  

Soren Ibsen

Sec. 

Donald Tagg

Asst. Chief

Daryl Osiecki

Fire fighter of Year

Dan McCue

Service Appreciation

Nick Demko

 

 

 

2014

 

Capt. 

 Fran Wheeler

Just a week into the new year the department was put to the test as a four story  downtown landmark turned into a four alarm blaze.  Fire Fighters from all of the all of city's stations along with mutual aid from surrounding towns battle the blaze at the corner of Howe Ave and Bridge Street.  Although 29 residents were displace and five hospitalized, there were no lives lost during this early morning fire.  Fire fighters rescued occupants through smoke filled corridors and windows as other crews attacked the blaze.  Hampered by a broken fire main and frozen hydrants a tanker shuttle was run to maintain an adequate water supply.Ladder 51 was accepted and placed in service at station 5.†† Company 5 members were also the Valley Firemenís Softball League Champions

 

1st Lt.   

Kevin McCue

 

2nd  Lt.

Alan Ovesny

 

Treas.  

Soren Ibsen

 

Sec. 

Tony DeSarli

 

Asst. Chief

Daryl Osiecki

 

Fire fighter of Year

Nick Demko

 

Service Appreciation

Rich Demko &

 

Daryl Osiecki

 

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Capt. 

 Alan Ovesny

For the first time in many years, White Hills Fire Company & Auxiliary with Fairfield County Police Pipes and Drums competed in the Connecticut State Firemenís Convention Parade.The company returned home with trophies for Best Ladder in the State and Best Auxiliary.Our brothers from Shelton Company 3 won the trophy for Best Rescue in the State.†††† Ladder 51 saw its fair share of work in the City of Shelton as well as mutual aid to Derby, and Monroe.51 even responded to New Milford for standby.

1st Lt.   

Kevin McCue

2nd  Lt.

Dan McCue

Treas.  

Soren Ibsen

Sec. 

Tony DeSarli

Asst. Chief

Daryl Osiecki

Fire fighter of Year

 

Service Appreciation

 

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Capt. 

 Kevin McCue

1st Lt.   

Dan McCue

2nd  Lt.

Charles Ovesny III

Treas.  

Soren Ibsen

Sec. 

Tony DeSarli

Asst. Chief

Shaun Wheeler

Fire fighter of Year

 

Service Appreciation

 

 

 

 

 

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