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Welcome to Shelton White Hills Fire Company 5

About White Hills Fire Company 5

White Hills Voluntary Fire Company Number 5 is one of four fire companies that make up the City of Shelton’s ISO Class 4  all-volunteer fire department. The Shelton Fire Department protects over 40,000 residents, plus commercial properties ranging from 19th-century mills to modern high-rises.


History of White Hills Fire Company 5

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  

2nd Lt.  Nick Wabuda

1st Lt.   Joseph Novak

Treas.  Robert Baldwin

Sec. Charles Beardsley

We had a captain and officers, but no trucks or  fire house. 50 families lived in the White Hills of  Shelton.

1948

Capt. Harold French Harry Gragen

1st Lt.  Joseph Novak

2nd Lt.   Nick Wabuda

Treas.   James Curtis

Sec. Charles Beardsley

Incorporation papers were signed, and we ordered our first fire truck.  Members signed personal notes to assure payment of the new truck.  A  building committee was also formed.

1949

Capt. Harold French

1st Lt.  Joseph Novak

2nd Lt  Nick Wabuda

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Charles Beardsley / Leonard McEwen

The first annual fair  was held, and the New fire truck Engine 51 arrived.  Leonard McEwen finished Charles Beardsley's term as secretary. The Civic club donated $1,000 towards the construction of a cinder block addition to store the new fire truck.  The 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 

1st Lt. Paul Ferrand

2nd Lt. George Glover

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

A By-laws committee was formed and the fire company By-laws were acted on.

1951

Capt. George Glover

1st Lt. Joseph Wabuda 

2nd Lt. Robert McEwen

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The fire company fought its first major fire when Novotny's barn burnt.

1952

Capt.

1st Lt.John Kosowsky

2nd Lt.  Robert McEwen

Treas.  James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The first general dance and carnival were held to help raise funds for the fire company.

1953

Capt.  John Wabuda

1st Lt.  Robert McEwen

2nd Lt. Rex King

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The fire company installed the first fire alarm siren.

1954

Capt.  John Wabuda

1st Lt. Robert McEwen

2nd Lt. Andrew Swist

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

A portable pump was purchased at the price of  $450. The pump was mainly used to pump out cellars, but it could also be used for fighting fires.

1955

Capt.  John Wabuda

1st Lt. Robert McEwen

2nd Lt. Andrew Swist

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

An electric well pump was installed at the fire house. This replaced the old  hand pump.  The Lombardi farm on Soundview Ave was a major barn  fire this year.  

1956

Capt. John Kosowsky

1st Lt. Andrew Swist

2nd Lt. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

A new  two way radio was installed in the truck. The second fire company carnival/fair was held.

1957

Capt. John Kosowsky

1st Lt. Arlo Sturdevant

2nd Lt.George Novotny

Treas.James Curtis

Sec.Leonard McEwen

The fire company purchased our first sanctioned uniform .A truck committee was formed to spec out a  new truck.

1958

Capt. George Novotny

1st Lt. Arlo Sturdevant

2nd Lt. Robert Asplund

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

. The fire company ordered a new fire truck from the American LaFrance Company.  

A Chevrolet militarysurplus vehicle from the Civil Defense was received.T his truck became Engine 52.

1959

Capt. George Novotny

1st Lt. Robert Asplund

2nd Lt. George Payne

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The new fire truck arrived.  Engine 53 was bought by the fire company, at a price of  $12,000.  With       1,000 gallons of water this truck was state of the art for it¹s time. Engine 53 served the White Hills of Shelton until 1991.

1960

Capt. George Novotny

1st Lt.John Kosowsky

2nd Lt.Walter Wheeler

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The fire company held our first annual Firemen’s Ball. Several work parties were held to make renovations to the meeting room.

1961

Capt. John Kosowsky

1st Lt.Walter Wheeler

2nd Lt. John Gluck

Treas.James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The fire company held our second annual Fireman's Ball.

1962

Capt. Walter Wheeler

1st Lt. John Gluck

2nd Lt. John Grasic

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

A new portable pump and fire fighting foam equipment were received.   The junior fire fighter  brigade was  established for 16 to 18 year olds.

1963

Capt. John Gluck

1st Lt.. Jack W. Toth

2nd Lt. John Grasic

Treas. James Curtis

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The fire company grew rapidly at this time. All the trucks, Engine 51, 52, and 53 were equipped with two way radios.

1964

Capt. Jack W. Toth

1st Lt. Harry  Gragen

2nd Lt. Malcolm Bruce

Treas. Richard Clark

Sec. Leonard McEwen

derailed, at Indian Wells State Park.  19 firefighters were The first drafting hydrant was installed at Novak’s pond. Co. #5 responded to a train wreck in which 25 cars hospitalized, as one of the rail cars was leaking anhydrous ammonia.  James Curtis stepped down as treasure after 16 years in the position.

1965

Capt. Jack W. Toth

1st Lt. Malcolm Bruce

2nd Lt. Arlo Sturdevant

Treas. Richard Clark

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Captain elect John Kosowsky passed away before taking his chair.  It was a sad time for company #5.  The newly finished social room was named in his honor.  A new addition to the building was approved by the Civic Club. 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

1st Lt. Walter Wheeler

2nd Lt. John Novotny

Treas. Joseph Novak

Sec. Leonard McEwen

New company uniforms were ordered and worn to the company ball.  The fire company joined the Connecticut Firemen’s Association.  The Ladies Auxiliary was also established this year.

1967

Capt. Walter Wheeler

1st Lt. John Novotny

2nd Lt. Richard Bates

Treas. Joseph Novak

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The new meeting rooms were accepted by the companyand used for the first time.  Fire Brigade(Jr. Members) were renamed as the Shelton Emergency Fire Dept. A new truck committee was formed (brush truck 54). A stone monument was erected to honor deceased firemen from company #5.

1968

Capt. John Novotny

1st Lt. Richard Bates

2nd Lt. Bill Marsilllio

Treas. Joseph Novak

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The new truck Brush,  Truck #54 was received.  TheFormer Treasurer James Curtis, passed away.  The company received plectrons(radio home alert systems). The company fought a major barn fire at the Hubbell Farm. A land acquisition committee was formed to set a site for a new fire station.

1969

Capt. Walter Wheeler

1st Lt. Harry Shepard 

2nd Lt. Richard Psomas

Treas. Joseph Novak

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The first annual joint carnival with the Echo Hose Hook and Ladder Company was held.  Funds for a new fire house were requested from the Board of Alderman.  The fire company once again responded to a train wreck. There were no injuries this time.  Torrential rains caused 73 families to be driven from there homes this year.

1970

Capt. Richard Psomas

1st Lt. James Spry

2nd Lt. Richard Dyer 

Treas. Sam Psomas

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Condemnation proceedings for the lot at 2 School St. began in order to build the new fire station.  The annual carnival once again was a success.  On the day  of the fire company family outing, Company #5 responded to a fatal  plane crash.  Also this year the 911 system was put into service for the 929 phone exchange.

1971

Capt.  James Spry

1st Lt. Richard  Dyer 

2nd Lt. Edward Manion

Treas. Charles Matula

Sec. Leonard McEwen

This year there was a big problem on The Hill with gypsy moths.  The fire company sprayed trees for donations.  A building committee was formed and new engine 52 was ordered from the Hahn Fire Equip Co.

1972

Capt. Richard Dyer

1st Lt. Edward Manion

2nd Lt. Jack W. Toth

Treas. Charles Matula

Sec. Leonard McEwen

A Building site sign was erected at 2 School St for the new fire house.   The company marched in the Vt. State Firemen's Convention Parade.  Once again, The Hill was challenged by gypsy moths, once again Co #5 won the battle.

1973

Capt. Edward Manion

1st Lt. Jack W. Toth

2nd Lt. Thomas Canfield 

Treas. Charles Matula

Sec. Leonard McEwen

planned  for July 1974.  Phil Woodbury was named asEngine #52 was received and placed in service.  The ground breaking ceremonies for the new fire house were the first Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for 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

1st Lt. Jack W. Toth

2nd Lt. Thomas Polson

Treas. Charles Matula

Sec. Leonard McEwen

A furniture & furnishing committee was formed for the  new firehouse.  This was the last full year in the original station.  Plans for closure of the old firehouse and moving were made, March 1975 was the target date.  We also won best overall fire Co., 25 men or less in the State Firemen's Convention.

1975

Capt. Jack W. Toth 

1st Lt. Thomas Polson

2nd Lt. Francis Wheeler

Treas. Charles Matula

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Governor Ella Grasso attended the opening of the new fire station.  This was one week after Shelton fought the largest industrial arson fire in the nation¹s history, when B. F. Goodrich plants 4 & 6 exploded.

1976

Capt. Thomas Polson

1st Lt. Francis Wheeler

2nd Lt. James Aiken

Treas. Ronald Masiero

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The by-laws were changed, active members were no longer required to live in the White Hills fire district.  Thes ocial room was completed.  Firefighters that helped fight the Walnut Ave fire were treated to a steak dinner. A first!!!

1977

Capt. John Novotny

1st Lt. Steve Martin 

2nd Lt. Phil Woodbury

Treas. Ronald Masiero

Sec. Leonard McEwen

A C.B. radio and antenna were installed so that members could find further information on  fires that they were responding to.  A wet/dry vacuum and T.V. antenna were donated to the fire company.

1978

Capt. Francis Wheeler

1st Lt. Steve Martin 

2nd Lt. Jack Medley

Treas. John Bova

Sec. Leonard McEwen

September  that  year we took delivery of new Engine 51. The volunteers of  The Shelton Fire Department donated $2,100  to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit. 

1979

Capt. Steve Martin

1st Lt. Jack Medley

2nd Lt. Jack S. Toth

Treas. John Bova

Sec. Leonard McEwen

The White Hills Civic Club, responsible for starting the fire company, disbanded.  Old Engine 51(our first truck) was retired 30  years after the Civic Club had helped with its purchase.

1980

Capt. Jack Medley

1st Lt. Jack S. Toth

2nd Lt. Joe Martinka

Treas.   John Bova

Sec. Leonard McEwen

We took delivery of new Tanker 59.  Old 59 purchased  by the fire Co. was sold to the Bridgewater Fire Dept. 

1981

Capt.   Jack S. Toth

1st Lt. Joe Martinka

2nd Lt. Paul Furedy

Treas. John Bova

Sec. Leonard McEwen

This was a big year for fund raisers.  Many members walked door to door asking every resident for support. This was very successful and enabled the company to purchase additional life saving equipment.

1982

Capt. Joseph Martinka 

1st Lt. Paul Furedy

2nd Lt. Robert Rockwell

Treas. John Bova

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Tony Martinka

The 1981 officers voted for the first annual Fire Fighter of the year award  & I got to present it to my brother  Tony. We voted in 18 new members during  this year several of them  went on to become captains of the fire company and one Jim Lagomarsino  went on to become Chief  of  the Shelton Fire Department.

1983

Capt. Jack S. Toth

1st Lt. Paul Furedy

2nd Lt. Robert Rockwell

Treas. John Bova

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Sam Stern

Major renovations were proposed for the upstairs kitchen. When completed the renovations enhanced our ability to hold fund-raisers and also provided much needed storage space for uniforms and equipment.

1984

Capt. Francis Wheeler

1st Lt. Robert Rockwell

2nd Lt. Orville Smith

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, James Lagomarsino

The company had won many awards and trophies over the past 37 years.  A trophy case was designed  and constructed to display these trophies and awards.

1985

Capt. Robert Rockwell

1st Lt. Orville Smith 

2nd Lt. James Troy

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Rodman Kneen Jr.

Service Appreciation, Tim Manion

Hurricane ³Gloria² struck the Northeast.  Fire Co. #5 was out for days opening roads that had been blocked by downed trees, and securing areas where power lines were down.  At the same time the fire Co. responded to a house fire on Leavenworth Rd caused by unattended candles.

1986

Capt. James Troy

1st Lt. Orville Smith

2nd Lt. Francis Wheeler

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Tim Manion

Service Appreciation, Sam Stern

Old Truck 54  was retired.  Old 54 was the work horse at many valley brush fires.  This year  we also took delivery of new Truck 54.

1987

Capt. Orville Smith

1st Lt. Francis Wheeler

2nd Lt. James Lagoma rsino

Treas. Richard VonWerder 

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Bob Rosetti

Service Appreciation,  Fran Wheeler

The White Hills Fire Company #5 was named.  The Best Overall Unit & State Champions, in the State Firemen¹s Parade.  The highest ever pizza bill ever recorded after a parade - $350.

1988

Capt. Orville Smith

1st Lt. James Lagomarsino

2nd Lt. Charles Ovesny

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Soren Ibsen

Service Appreciation, Alan Ovesny

A City  water line was brought into The fire house, and a fire main with hydrants was laid in East Village Rd. This was a result of the persistence of the fire company members, residence and the city.

1989

Capt. James Lagomarsino

1st Lt. Charles Ovesny

2nd Lt. Soren Ibsen

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Mike Kellett

Service Appreciation, Bruce Kosowski

There were many structure fires this year including the Beard Building on Canal St.  The most memorable event this year was being named. Best Overall Unit in the State Firemen's Convention Parade. Once again we were state champions.

1990

Capt. Charles Ovesny

1st Lt. Soren Ibsen

2nd Lt. Samuel Stern

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Paul Hays

Service Appreciation, Leroy Rogers

Training was taken to new levels, mock fire mazes in the Stern's trailers, and many other evolutions. John Beardsley's  farm house was gutted by a stubborn evening fire that was hampered by downed power lines. This was  Old Engine 53's last working house fire.

1991

Capt. Soren Ibsen 

1st Lt. Samuel Stern

2nd Lt. Timothy Manion

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Richard Bashar

Service Appreciation, Charles Ovesny

This was a very busy year.  Co. #5 took delivery of new Engine 53 in July.  During the months prior to delivery our truck committee made several  trips to the plant in PA for vehicle inspection.  Also during this year the company was busy raising money for our new hydraulic rescue tool.  We raised $12,000 thanks to the residents,businesses, and a memorial fund for deceased member Dirck Mulford.

1992

Capt. Samuel Stern

1st Lt. Timothy Manion

2nd Lt. Rodman Kneen

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Bob Dolberg

Service Appreciation, James Lagomarsino

system.  This tool and the extensive training have effected The new hydraulic rescue tool arrived.  An extensive training program was initiated for the use of the rescue countless rescues in White Hills since it was purchased.

1993

Capt. Timothy Manion 

1st Lt. Rodman Kneen

2nd Lt. Jack Delisio

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Shaun Wheeler

Service Appreciation, Mike Kellett

There were several major fires in the City, including a Sunday morning house fire on Jonathan La. In which the home owner was rescued, thanks to two off duty police officers, that lived on the street. These officers were given award for bravery from the White Hills Fire Co., City of Shelton, Stamford Police Association, and Trumbull Police Department.  Other major fires included, Hunters Corner, Shelton Tack and the Samarius Building. A truck committee was formed to spec a new heavier cab & chassis for the brush truck.  

1994

Capt. Rodman Kneen

1st Lt. John Recce

2nd Lt. Tony Martinka

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Ed Tevolitz

Service Appreciation, Paul Hays

The front entry to the fire station was dressed up with a new trophy case built  inside, and a new flag pole erected outside by the members.  An  orientation  manual was created for  new members.

1995

Capt. Rodman Kneen

1st Lt. John Recce

2nd Lt. Tony Martinka

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Tony DeSarli

Service Appreciation, Lou Cortigiano

The I-2 policy, requiring mandatory training, was enforced for the first time, making our active roles leaner yet more professional.  Thanks to the caring and giving of the members, a Christmas to remember was shared with a special little boy in White Hills.

1996

Capt. John Recce

1st Lt. Tony Martinka

2nd Lt. Francis Wheeler

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Bruce Kosowski

Service Appreciation, Richard VonWerder

The New brush truck arrived, replacing the truck purchased in 1986, which is still in service and was converted over for use by the fire alarms division.  We also took delivery of our cold water rescue suits. These are designed to rescue people that have fallen through ice.  

1997

Capt. Tony Martinka

1st Lt. Francis Wheeler

2nd Lt. Tony DeSarli

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year,Tim Kiely 

Service Appreciation, Leonard McEwen

Here we are celebrating  50 years of neighbors helping neighbors.  We are joined in our celebration by the White Hills Ladies Auxiliary as they celebrate 30 years.  The White Hills of Shelton have changed greatly over the past50 years but, our intent remains the same as our founders, To protect the lives and property of our neighbors.

1998

Capt. Francis Wheeler

1st Lt. Tony DeSarli  

2nd Lt. Timothy Manion

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Jayson Kneen

Service Appreciation, Alan Ovesny & Bob Mcguire

The year was just hours old when we faced out first hard working structure fire on Summit Ridge Rd.  The occupants were not at home and the fire room was fully involved before it was noticed. An aggressive attack contained most fire damage to the room of origin.  

1999

Capt. Tony DeSarli

1st Lt. Timothy Manion

2nd Lt. Edward Tevolitz

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Brian Mohyde

Service Appreciation, Charles Ovesny II

The company challenged the City's unfair process of selecting chief officers.  The courts agreed that the chief selection process was tainted due to an existing professional relationship between the Chairman of the Board and the Chief.   The City's response was to change the testing procedure allowing the chief to remain.

2000

Capt. Timothy Manion

1st Lt. Edward Tevolitz

2nd Lt. Robert Albert

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Charles Ovesny II

Service Appreciation,  Mike Rogucki

Company 5 hosted one of the largest Valley-wide training events in recent history.  Fire companies from Shelton, Monroe, Derby, Trumbull, Newtown and Shelton Fire Explores participated in the live burn of a large abandoned house on the old Hubble property. Although, the fire itself lasted less than an hour and half.  The planning for this event spanned several months and involved countless 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

Capt. Edward Tevolitz  

1st Lt. Robert Albert

2nd Lt. Shaun Wheeler

Treas. Richard VonWerder

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Jim Cyr

Service Appreciation, Nicole Cybart

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.

2002

Capt. Robert Albert 

1st Lt. Timothy Manion 

2nd Lt. Lou Cortigiano

Treas. Richard VonWerder & Soren Ibsen

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Soren Ibsen

Service Appreciation, 

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.

2003

Capt. Timothy Manion

1st Lt. Lou Cortigiano

2nd Lt. Edward Tevolitz 

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Donald Tagg

Service Appreciation, Daniel Gramigna

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. 

2004

Capt. Lou Cortigiano

1st Lt. Shaun Wheeler  

2nd Lt. Charles Ovesny III

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Leonard McEwen

Fire Fighter of The Year, Alan Ovesny

Service Appreciation, 

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.  

2005

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

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.     

2006

Capt. Lou Cortigiano

1st Lt. Edward Tevolitz

2nd Lt. Charles Ovesny  III

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Joe Matis/Fran Wheeler

Fire Fighter of The Year, Paul Hays

Service Appreciation, Mike Cordi 

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 placeutility  truck 55  in service this year.  

2007

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 The Year, Mike Alterio Sr.

Service Appreciation, 

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.  

2008

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 The Year, Mike Alterio Jr. 

Service Appreciation, Fran Wheeler

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

2009

Capt. Tony DeSarli 

1st Lt. Alan Ovesny

2nd Lt. Mike Alterio

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Paul Hays

Asst Chief Edward Tevolitz

Fire Fighter of The Year, Matt Egensteiner

Service Appreciation, Charles Ovesny II & Lou Cortigiano

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.

2010

Capt. Tony DeSarli 

1st Lt. Alan Ovesny

2nd Lt. C. J. Martin

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Paul Hays

Asst Chief Edward Tevolitz

Fire Fighter of The Year, Jon Kristof

Service Appreciation, Edward Tevolitz

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 extrication and residential structure fires.  

2011

Capt. Alan Ovesny 

1st Lt. C.J. Martin

2nd Lt. Charles Ovesny

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Paul Hays

Asst Chief Edward Tevolitz

Fire Fighter of The Year, Chris Calkins

Service Appreciation, Kevin McCue

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 proceeds 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.   

2012

Capt. Alan Ovesny

1st Lt. Charles Ovesny

2nd Lt. Fran Wheeler

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Don Tagg

Asst Chief Daryl Osiecki

Fire Fighter of The Year, John Tatun

Service Appreciation, Tony Martinka

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.

2013

Capt. Charles Ovesny

1st Lt. Fran Wheeler

2nd Lt. Kevin McCue

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Donald Tagg

Asst Chief Daryl Osiecki

Fire Fighter of The Year, Dan McCue

Service Appreciation, Nick Demko

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.  

2014

Capt. Fran Wheeler

1st Lt. Kevin McCue

2nd Lt. Alan Ovesny

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Paul Hays

Asst Chief Daryl Osiecki

Fire Fighter of The Year, Nick Demko

Service Appreciation, Rich Demko & Daryl Osiecki

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 Firemen’s Softball League Champions

2015

Capt. Alan Ovesny

1st Lt. Kevin McCue

2nd Lt. Dan McCue

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. Tony DeSarli

Asst Chief Daryl Osiecki

Fire Fighter of The Year, 

Service Appreciation, 

For the first time in many years, White Hills Fire Company & Auxiliary with Fairfield County Police Pipes and Drums competed in the Connecticut State Firemen’s 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. 

2016

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 The Year, Shaun Wheeler

Service Appreciation, Tony Martinka

 The fire company refurbished the sign in the school street yard and the fire house received a much-needed pain job thanks to an ambitious Eagle Scout Candidate.  This year we lost Past Captain Ed Manion.  The fire company held a very well attended open house.  We also retrieved an escaped parrot that had flown high into a tree.

Santa’s Annual Popcorn Ball run and Toy Drive was a great success. 

2017

Capt. Charles Ovesny III

1st Lt. Dan McCue

2nd Lt. Dan Tatun

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec.  Kevin McCue

Asst Chief Shaun Wheeler

Fire Fighter of The Year, 

Service Appreciation, 

 

2018

Capt. Dan McCue

1st Lt. Dan Tatun

2nd Lt. Bob Finta

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec.  Kevin McCue

Asst Chief Shaun Wheeler

Fire Fighter of The Year, 

Service Appreciation, 

Ladder 51 took part in the Connecticut State Firemen’s Convention Parade.  The company returned home with the trophy for Best Ladder in the State

2019

Capt. Bob Finta

1st Lt. Dan Tatun

2nd Lt. Nick Demko 

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. James Norkus

Asst Chief Shaun Wheeler

Fire Fighter of The Year, James Norkus

Service Appreciation, Pat Buckle

Members of White Hills Fire Company were honored along with members of the other three Shelton Fire Companies at the American Legion State Convention, where the Shelton Fire Department was named the 2019 American Legion State of Connecticut Fire Department of the Year.

2020

Capt. Bob Finta 

1st Lt. Dan Tatun

2nd Lt. Fran Wheeler 

Treas. Soren Ibsen

Sec. James Norkus

Asst Chief Shaun Wheeler

Fire Fighter of The Year, Jon Bednarz

Service Appreciation, John Reece

 

 


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