Thomas M. Raiola died Tuesday March 30, 2020 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after his courageous battle with ALS.
He was the beloved husband of Sharon Appi Raiola for over 40 years. Tom was born in New Haven July 14, 1954, son of the late Vincent and Stasia Rollis Raiola. He was a Certified Electronic Technician and worked at Picker International for twelve years. The following 43 years were spent with Safe Harbor Marinas (Bruce and Johnson's) as Office Manager overseeing the day to day operations of the 500 plus ship facility. Tom was committed to humanitarian services.
He served as Captain of Company 9 Indian Neck Fire Department for many years and was a hands-on utility firefighter. He documented many fire incidents using his honed photography skills. Trained as an EMT, he supported the town's emergency services with Branford Ambulance.
PHOTO: Three people were injured after a tractor trailer crashed into two state Department of Transportation vehicles earlier this week, according to officials.
At 1:10 p.m. Monday, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company and Chester Hose Company responded for a reported collision on Route 9 south between Exit 7 and Exit 8, fire officials said.
Arriving units found that a tractor trailer driver crashed into two state Department of Transportation vehicles, which were parked in the left lane of traffic.
The left lane where the trucks were parked had been previously closed to all traffic, officials said. Firefighters found two injured individuals at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was still in the vehicle and was helped with self-extrication by Chester firefighters.
Haddam, Deep River and Chester ambulances transported three people to Middlesex Hospital to be treated for injuries.
New Haven Register
The Fairfield firefighters union has purchased 90 gift cards from restaurants impacted by the coronavirus.
IAFF Local 1426 started "Operation Gift Card" about two weeks ago.
They say they purchased 90 gift cards from local Fairfield restaurants in all five of the fire districts they serve. They say they even took money out of the union treasury, and spread it out among the local restaurants.
Fairfield Firefighters Association President William Tuttle says his crew's generosity and support for local businesses won't stop at just restaurants in town. "We're not done helping the community by any stretch. As other things come up, we'll make sure we are stepping up in front of everybody to get out there and help them out," Tuttle says.
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Firefighters were able to prevent a brush fire from spreading to a close by wooded area Wednesday afternoon.
At about 12:33 p.m., Echo Hose Hook & Ladder and White Hills Fire Company crews responded to the area of Shelton Avenue between Meadow Street and Constitution Boulevard North for a report of a brush fire.
The units arrived to find a fire that was approximately 20 foot by 10 foot in size was found.
“As crews were preparing the fire attack, the wind picked up and blew the embers in a westerly direction causing three more fires, all about the same size as the initial fire,” said Shelton Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul J. Wilson. Wilson said firefighters from Engine 2, Brush Truck 54 and Tanker 59 “made a fast attack on the fires before the extension became out of control. He added that seven firefighters under his command knocked down the fire within 15 minutes.