Firefighters Make Holiday Glow

Contributed PhotoNew Haven’s firefighters, for whom pulling together is second nature, united to deliver toys to kids in Fair Haven and Christmas to a family in need in the Hill.

The Firebirds, a group of black firefighters, organized a Christmas party on Orchard Street, scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, for a family whose father “is back from serving in the military in Korea, while the mother died from complications experienced after childbirth.” (Call Mike Neal at 203-668-1859 to help.)

Meanwhile, the firefighters union sent in these photos and the following write-up about the Fair Haven drive:

“Firefighters from Lombard Station dropped off toys to the Farnam House. ‘The toys came from our members, the Shubert Theater and 360 State Street. It is a community effort to ensure that every kid has a toy this holiday,’ said Fire Union President James Kottage.

“Each year firefighters give out toys through the Farnam House and the Spanish Firefighter Society and deliver toys to a few selected families’ in need.

“The Farnam House is New Haven’s oldest neighborhood center that provides a home away from home. Firefighters also coach and sponsor one of the centers basketball teams.

“Firefighters Danny Coughlin, Mike Guercia and Lt. Steve Durand who took part in activates at the center when they were kids expressed that the center keeps kids out of trouble. ‘It is great to be able to give back,’ said Danny Coughlin while dropping off toys.

“‘Firehouses are in every neighborhood in the city, and our firefighters are committed to being good neighbors. It’s great to work with our community partners,’ said Lt. Frank Ricci, secretary of the fire union.”

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