HFD Remembers and Honors its Own

October 25, 2019

 

by Dave Morin

At Hudson Fire Department’s Annual Memorial Service on Oct. 19, firefighters, family and town officials gathered at the Firefighters Memorial at the corner of Central Street and Lowell Road to honor all members who have passed, including Firefighter James Taylor.  Taylor died in the line of duty on Aug. 27, 1981, when the fire apparatus he was responding in rolled over on Wason Road along with members who have passed.

The department’s honor guard posted the colors to begin the ceremony.  Fire Captain Sean Mamone read the names of the deceased members followed by an honorary ringing of the memorial bell after each name was recited.  State of New Hampshire Fire Marshal Chris Wyman played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes to end the service.

Following the memorial, an awards ceremony was held at the White Birch where a slide show highlighted the department’s past year.  Remarks were given by Craig Benner, member at large, PFFH Local 3154; President Brian Clarenbach, HFFRA; Dave Morin, chairman of Hudson Board of Selectmen; and Robert Buxton, fire chief.

A special treat at the awards ceremony was an antique convertible in honor of the event owned by Law Convert.  All of the fire department members signed their names on the vehicle.

Retiree pins were presented to Deputy Chief Harry Chesnulevich, 63 years of service; Deputy Chief Gary Rodgers, 42 years; Captain Jack Brewer, 44 years; Captain Dave Morin, 38 years; Captain Gerry Paquette, 47 years; Lieutenant Tom Blinn, 41 years; Firefighter Dave Pierpont, 19 years; Firefighter Ed Shiebler, 45 years; Firefighter Art Towers, 40 years; Firefighter Ted Trost, 17 years; and Firefighter John Wilcox, 40 years.

The department began a new tradition to recognize those retirees who, throughout the past year, have volunteered their time to benefit the department, its members, or the community of Hudson.  Receiving certificates were Deputy Chief Gary Rodgers, Captain Dave Morin, and firefighters Ed Shiebler and Ted Trost.

Active Years of Service pins were presented:  5-Year firefighters, Brian Clarenbach, Kyle Levesque, and Andrew Perkins; 25 years to Deputy Chief James Paquette; and 30 years to Captain Steve Gannon and Firefighter Tom Sullivan.

Deputy Chief James Paquette was sworn in by Fire Chief Robert Buxton and pinned with his badge in a promotion ceremony.  Cameron Convert, Joshua Frumkin, Corey Girard, Eric Hackett, and Benjamin Savage, the department’s newest firefighters, were also sworn in and pinned with their badges.

Firefighter Eric Hackett was presented with the department’s Military Bar.  Firefighter Hackett served three tours in Iraq, and, for his service, he received a Purple Heart, the Valorous Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Citation and the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, as well as numerous citations for performance during combat operations.

Firefighter Corey Girard received the department’s Rescue Class 1 medal for his actions while off-duty on May 12, while on a ski trip on Tuckerman’s Ravine.  Firefighter Girard witnessed a fellow skier fall a vertical distance of approximately 1,000 feet, at a 50- to 60-degree slope with scattered boulders that the man struck during the fall.  Girard and another bystander went to the skier’s aid finding him motionless and suffering severe injuries.  Girard evaluated the man’s injuries the best he could and directed other bystanders to assist in what turned out to be lifesaving measures while awaiting park rangers, other emergency responders and, ultimately, a helicopter to transport the victim to a hospital.

Captain Sean Mamone and Robert Haggerty of the support services division were presented Chief’s awards for their work securing $800,000 in federal grants.  Both members worked tirelessly to support the programs operated by the Hudson Fire Department.  The funds impacted the emergency services programs, increased respiratory protection program, and the hazard mitigation planning activities.

Firefighter Benjamin Crane was also presented with the Chief’s Award.  Crane actively jumps in on projects that make the fire department safer and more efficient.  He also is an active member of the labor/management group and a true contributor each day.

The Hudson Board of Selectmen recognized Captain Kevin Grebinar, Lieutenant Toby Provencal and firefighters Bradish and Crane for their actions that saved the life of a motorcyclist who crashed on Sullivan Road back in 2017.