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News Archive» December 2000

12/29/00 Waterbury Fire Dept. Blood Drive

     I would like to thank everyone who came out to Kennedy High School yesterday. I would like to extend a special thanks to Mike Kalosky and Joe McDermott, who organized the event, and everyone who volunteered to help in other ways. Even though I didn't get to see him, thanks Glen, for coming and showing your support. I'm sure everyone who did get to see you, was glad to see you are doing well. This blood drive was in Kevin's memory, and I'm sure he would have been proud. 91 people attended and donated 74 pints of blood to the American Red Cross.
     I took some photos while I was there and added them to the Photo Galleries page. You can go right to the Blood Drive Gallery by clicking here.


12/29/00 FireHouse Funnies

     I added a new page called FireHouse Funnies.


12/21/00 Kevin McDonald Nominated

     I would like to thank Waterbury Fire Department Acting Chief James Trainor and Dick Cesarello of the Wheeler-Young VFW Post 201 of Waterbury for nominating Kevin McDonald posthumously for the FireFighter Gold Medal Award. Thank you for your time and consideration.


12/18/00 Blood Drive in Kevin McDonald's Name

     A blood drive is being done in Kevin McDonald's name. December 28th at Kennedy High School in Waterbury. Please call Engine 2 at 597-3402 for more information. If you plan on donating, please call Engine 2 and let them know you are coming, they would like to know how many people to expect. The drive has been nicknamed 'Give a Pint, Get a Pint'. There will be a gathering at the Crossroads Cantina following the blood drive.


12/14/00 Kevin McDonald Memorial Stickers Available

     Kevin McDonald Memorial Helmet Stickers are available, with proceeds going to the McDonald Family Fund. You can reach the order form from the Fallen Brothers page, or by clicking here.


12/11/00 Kevin McDonald Memorial T-Shirts Available

     Kevin McDonald Memorial T-Shirts are available, with proceeds going to the McDonald Family Fund. You can reach the order form from the Fallen Brothers page, or by clicking here. I added another page to Kevin's memorial. Kevin's eulogy was written by 4 of his closest friends and brother firefighters. I have added a page with these stirring words to Kevin's Memorial. You can reach the eulogy from the Fallen Brothers page, or by clicking here.

     I would like to thank everyone who came to the B & D shift Christmas party at the Marriott Hotel Sunday evening. A good time was had by all, and quite a bit of holiday cheer was consumed.


12/6/00 Welcome Affiliates - Photos Added

     I added 6 more affiliates, American Express, Case Logic Direct, Frag City, Liquor.com, Performance Products, and Real Beer Tour.

     Robin sent me 5 more photos for Kevin McDonald's Photo Gallery. This brings the photo gallery up to 40 photos.


12/5/00 Waterbury Must Negotiate Layoffs and Closings

     Monday a Waterbury Superior Court Judge ruled that the city cannot close a fire company without negotiating with the fire union. The judge extended a restraining order to keep Engine 2 in service and delay any layoffs until March 3rd. This gives the fire union time to negotiate other means of making consessions to help out the city in its financial situation.

     Rich Paltauf sent me 5 photos of a structure fire on South Main Street November 6th. I created a photo gallery for them that you can reach from the Photo Galleries page or by clicking here.


12/4/00 10 Waterbury FireFighters Laid Off

     I was in Florida for a few days and I came home to devestating newspaper headlines. As many of you know, Waterbury is in a financial 'crisis', again. Mayor Phil Giordano, in his infinite wisdom, decided to close 3 Police Precincts, 1 Engine Company (E2), and lay off 10 firefighters. Needless to say, our Union officials got a judge to place a temporary injunction blocking the closing of Engine 2 and the layoff of 10 firefighters the following day.

     Robin McDonald sent me 7 more photos which I added to Kevin McDonald's Photo Gallery. One of the photos that Robin submitted was Kevin in his military dress uniform. I replaced the photos of him in his BDU's on Kevin McDonald's Memorial Page with this photo.

     I am in the process of building a page with Kevin's eulogy written by Rich Paltauf. Look for it soon.


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