Edo chosen as new Milford Fire Chief

07-01-2013

"MILFORD >> The Board of Fire Commissioners promoted assistant chief Douglas Edo to be the city’s newest fire chief at a special meeting Monday night."

Milford's Woodmont neighborhood gets $500G grant

11-04-2012

"MILFORD — The Borough of Woodmont has won a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant to turn Fire Station Number Five into a borough hall and community center."

Milford Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia plans to retire after 40-year career

10-18-2012

"MILFORD—After a 40-year career of public safety Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia filed papers to retire effective Oct. 27."

Delays at new Milford fire station frustrating

08-12-2012

"MILFORD — Construction delays at the $4 million East Side Fire Station project have put the project nearly eight months behind schedule."

Milford fire station construction nearly completed

07-05-2012

"MILFORD — Construction of the new $4.9 million fire station at 980 New Haven Ave. has reached the homestretch after months of delays."

Milford Fire Commission urging random drug, alcohol tests for firefighters

06-24-2012

"MILFORD — The debate over random drug and alcohol testing in fire departments across the nation can become as intense as the infernos they fight."

Milford PD to flip switch on new simulcast radio system soon

05-26-2012

"MILFORD ---- To hear Police Chief Keith L. Mello tell it, the department's new two-way radio system will have one big improvement over the old one: It'll work."

Firehouse may become borough hall

03-09-2012

"MILFORD -- The two-bay brick Engine 5 firehouse on Kings Highway could become the new Woodmont Borough Hall when the new East Shore Fire Station opens later this spring, officials said Friday."

East Shore station closer to completion

03-01-2012

"MILFORD -- The new East Shore Fire Station could be ready for use in 10 weeks, more than three months behind its scheduled completion date, building committee members said Wednesday night."

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08-03-2011

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Milford hopes to reduce job cuts through retirementsFrank Juliano,

03-10-2011

"MILFORD -- Fewer than half of the 24 jobs cut from the city's 2011-12 budget by the Board of Finance on Wednesday night may be covered by vacant positions and planned retirements, officials said Thursday."

Shift means 911 call transfers

01-26-2011

"MILFORD The city's separate dispatch centers for police, fire and medical emergencies means that some 911 calls have to be transferred -- a situation that public safety officials are preparing to address."

Concerned neighbor: Milford resident questions safety of testing ladder truck above her property

01-16-2010

"MILFORD — Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia says the Fire Department always strives to be a good neighbor, and that sentiment is ardently endorsed by Mayor James L. Richetelli Jr."

Forensic consultant to examine cars for cop's defense in fatal crash

01-14-2010

"MILFORD -- The lawyer for the former Milford police officer charged in the deaths of two Orange teens when his cruiser broadsided their car last spring has hired a forensic consultant to examine both vehicles."

Baby drama caught in 911 call

01-26-2009

"Milford Fire Department dispatchers Shaileen Morton, 33, left, and Seth Willox, 26, teamed up to help a West Haven woman deliver her baby in her home Saturday."

Cause sought in Milford fire that killed 2

12-03-2008

"MILFORD — Fire officials Wednesday afternoon were shifting through the ashes of Brookdale Drive house in an attempt to determine what sparked the early-morning blaze that killed two people."

Toy drive stirs giving spirit

11-20-2008

"MILFORD -- Santa Claus visited City Hall on Wednesday, as firefighters announced the kickoff of their annual citywide Toys for Tots drive."

Milford cop chief submits budget request

11-17-2008

"MILFORD -- Police Chief Keith Mello is asking the city for two more police officers, two part-time ticket writers to patrol downtown and money to create a juvenile holding area."

Milford Fire Dept. keeps it in the family

11-08-2008

"MILFORD -- Capt. Richard Mohr sometimes finds it difficult to send his youngest son into danger, but he's also proud to have the chance."

Milford firefighters honored

10-31-2008

"Donning his firefighting gear and grabbing a 50-pound fire extinguisher, he stopped the fire from reaching the roof and saved the house, Zak said."

New Milford dispatcher contract goes to arbitration

10-15-2008

"NEW MILFORD -- The town's police and fire dispatchers want the state to intervene in a dispute that resulted in them working without a contract for more than two years."

A burning issue in Milford

10-06-2008

"MILFORD -- The burning question that may not be addressed in a proposed ordinance on open fires is what to do about backyard "chimeneas,'' or outdoor fireplaces."

Milford promotes fire officers

09-24-2008

"The department's new assistant chief of operations, Johnson is one of three firefighters who were promoted in the wake of former Assistant Chief Jim Wilkinson's retirement."

Fire damages Milford home

09-19-2008

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Retiring assistant fire chief says he fulfilled career dream

09-13-2008

"MILFORD - Assistant Fire Chief James P. Wilkinson, 55, has come a long way from his days as a kid chasing fire trucks to emergency calls on his bicycle and hanging around the Fort Trumbull fire station."

Milford fire officer steps into new career

09-12-2008

"MILFORD -- Assistant Fire Chief James Wilkinson remembers being picked up at his door on a stormy night by the National Guard, and wading through waist-deep water to fight a multi-structure fire in coastal Bayview."

Drill prepares workers for disaster

08-08-2008

"MILFORD — It was a disaster of giant proportions. A man's crumpled body lay beside a derailed tanker train car, which was smoking and pouring a mysterious corrosive substance onto the tracks and onto five teens who'd walked by."

List of fire candidates includes woman for first time

08-04-2008

"MILFORD — The Fire Department may soon hire its first female firefighter."

Retiring firefighter showed the way

08-01-2008

"MILFORD — When Gary Guilmette joined the Milford Fire Department in 1977, firefighters used painstakingly hand-drawn maps to navigate the city."

Man overcomes phobia to fight fires

07-17-2008

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Retirements shuffle veteran fire department

07-16-2008

"MILFORD — A veteran firefighter's retirement prompted a chain of promotions in the city's fire department this month, a scenario that's probably going to happen a lot in the next five years."

23 firefighters, 2 others exposed in Milford blaze

07-02-2008

"MILFORD — A Tuesday morning blaze at a Buckingham Avenue paint company created an environmental and safety hazard that sent 23 city firefighters and two others to Milford Hospital for evaluation after they were exposed to toxic smoke, officials said."

Lack of rain, wind, create flammable mix

04-24-2008

"In fact that was the case in Milford as about 20 acres of highly flammable phragmites in Silver Sands State Park burned for several hours Thursday morning, sending columns of thick black smoke into the air."

Fighting for change

04-13-2008

"New Milford man wants to improve statewide fire safety inspections"

Police myths debunked for academy class

03-25-2008

"MILFORD — Police officers don't have ticketing quotas, they don't target red cars, they don't all chow down on doughnuts and yes, they are human."

Volunteers worked overtime for tots

01-03-2008

"A handful of volunteers did more than an elf's share of work just before Christmas when they helped ready this year's Toys for Tots collection for distribution."

Gifts for kids revamped by firefighters

11-30-2007

"MILFORD — - The "firemen's carry" has an expanded meaning here, as the city's firefighters launch their annual campaign to ensure that every local child has toys for Christmas."

Bill Richards: 'I'm fortunate to have been part of a great brotherhood'

10-29-2007

"Knee surgery resulting from an accident while in the line of duty forced Bill Richards to retire from the Milford Fire Department in 2003."

Firefighters honor teen hero, a few of their own

10-26-2007

"MILFORD - As two lines of tall, uniformed firefighters stood at either end of the City Hall auditorium Thursday night, 13-year-old Austin Lathrop barely stood as tall as the podium."

Ceremony joins heroes, firefighters

10-25-2007

"MILFORD — Heroes come in all shapes and sizes."

Officials say chemical spill in Milford no problem

09-11-2007

"MILFORD — Local and state officials said that the spill of a cleaning agent this summer at the former site of Robertshaw Controls Co. on Hill Street was handled properly, that the spill was not hazardous and it did not require door-to-door notification."

Firefighter promoted to training others

07-29-2007

"MILFORD — Michael McDaniel once had to decide between becoming a pharmacist or a firefighter."

Fire guts Woodmont home

03-30-2007

"MILFORD — A fire destroyed the third floor of a beachfront home more than 100 years old in the city's Woodmont section Thursday afternoon, forcing out the woman who grew up there."

18-wheeler no roadblock for students

03-20-2007

"MILFORD — A collision between a Road Scholar and 13 scholars on the road Tuesday morning on Interstate 95 was a mere bump in the road for the youngsters' route to academic glory."

A greenhouse goes up in flames at Milford farm

02-08-2007

"MILFORD — A fast-burning greenhouse fire fueled by peat and plastic sent plumes of dark smoke wafting over the historic and well-known Filanowski Farm in Milford Wednesday afternoon"

Milford to borrow $20M for improvements

02-07-2007

"MILFORD — The city will borrow $20 million for extensive improvements to both high schools, redevelopment of the former Milford Academy site and $330,000 for a new fire pumper."

Richetelli proposes 8.1 percent increase for ’07-08 budget

02-02-2007

"MILFORD — Mayor James L. Richetelli Jr.’s proposed budget calls for city expenditures to rise 8.1 percent for fiscal 2007-08, but what that means for taxpayers isn’t clear."

6 new firefighters bring varied skills to Milford

01-01-2007

"MILFORD — The latest group of Milford firefighters are living proof that childhood dreams can come true. The city recently welcomed six men to the department. Four recruits who graduated from the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks recently were settling into day-to-day living at the station. Two others have already been on the job, having completed their training over the summer."

Ex-Army facility in Milford considered for new uses

12-16-2006

"MILFORD — The former Army facility on Seeman’s Lane could be the location for a new city health department or apartments for mentally ill homeless people. Those are just two of the proposals under consideration during the early phases of redeveloping the 2.3 acre Army site, which was closed by the federal government."

2 suspended cops may file grievances

12-08-2006

"MILFORD — At least two of the five police officers given suspensions for violating department policies in connection with a prisoner's death may file grievances, a union official said Thursday."

Chief suspends 5 Milford cops

12-02-2006

"MILFORD -- Five police officers were handed one-day suspensions Friday for lapses in judgment and violations of police procedure the night in October a 24-year-old Bridgeport man died of a cocaine overdose while in police custody."

'Funky chicken' comment leads to firing

12-01-2006

"MILFORD — The scandal over a Stratford man's death in police custody widened Thursday as a police dispatcher was fired for joking in a 911 call that the sick prisoner was "doing the funky chicken" while overdosing on drugs."

Officials insist exchange did not impede care

12-01-2006

"MILFORD — As Nicholas Brown became ill from a fatal cocaine overdose in a police holding cell last month, the dispatcher who called paramedics said Brown was "doing the funky chicken," according to transcripts of the call police released Thursday."

Fire dispatcher loses job over comments

11-30-2006

"MILFORD — The city's Board of Fire Commissioners on Wednesday terminated the employment of a dispatcher who made jokes during a medical call last month for a Stratford man who died while in police custody."

Officers' names released in Tazer case

11-28-2006

"MILFORD — The Police Department's investigation into the death of a prisoner shot twice with a stun gun has been completed, and a report on the Oct. 19 incident could be released as soon as today, Chief Keith Mello said Monday."

Milford police avoid IDing officers

11-23-2006

"Police Chief Keith Mello has refused — despite repeated requests — to release the names of police officers involved in two recent cases."

Man dies in police custody

10-21-2006

"MILFORD — A 24-year-old man died in police custody Thursday night, five hours after officers twice used an electric stun gun on him as he allegedly swallowed a small amount of marijuana."

Milford firefighters plan museum

10-08-2006

"MILFORD — Members of the Arctic Engine Company 1 are hoping to create a museum where artifacts of the city's rich firefighting history, such as a 19th-century hand pumper with large red wheels and brass fittings, can be displayed."

State sends decontamination trailer to Milford Fire Dept.

07-06-2006

"MILFORD — The city's Fire Department is getting a mass-casualty decontamination trailer that can also provide vital communications with state and regional authorities during an emergency, officials said Wednesday."

RESCUE BY STRATFORD FIREFIGHTERS, Driver escapes death as payloader topples

05-05-2006

"STRATFORD — A South Windsor man narrowly escaped death Thursday when an 80,000-pound payloader fell off a flatbed truck and crushed his Honda Accord."

Officials resisting street 'honors'

04-22-2006

"MILFORD — What's in a name? The potential for confusion, Milford Fire Department officials said Friday."

Boy, 10, sounds alert of house fire in Milford

04-13-2006

"MILFORD - An early evening house fire Wednesday that claimed the life of a dog and injured a firefighter could have been much worse if it weren’t for the quick action of a young boy."

Board upholds grievance filed by firefighters

02-24-2006

"MILFORD -- The fire chief cannot require chronically absent firefighters to obtain doctor's notes for every day they are sick, the Board of Fire Commissioners ruled this week"

Fire Dept. may give hiring advantage to veterans

02-22-2006

"MILFORD — Veterans looking to join the Milford Fire Department would gain a competitive advantage on entry exams under a proposal being considered by city officials."

Milford’s top cop gets top pay

01-25-2006

"MILFORD -- The city Tuesday released the list of its highest paid employees for 2005 Tuesday, with nine police and nine Fire Department posts getting spots in the top 25. The highest-paid city employee is Police Chief Keith Mello. Mello has been with the department for 23 years and was promoted to chief in 2004. He did not return calls for comment Tuesday."

Emergency warning system expansion mulled by Milford

01-20-2006

"MILFORD — The emergency sirens that blare before a nor'easter or during heavy fog have become a staple of life along the city's shoreline."

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Embattled Milford cop gets $

06-17-2005

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Firefighters get safety harnesses

06-03-2005

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Looking for stellar cops

05-11-2005

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Fire plan adjusting in Milford

03-12-2005

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Milford to borrow $3.4 million for upgrades

11-17-2004

"MILFORD - The Board of Aldermen has approved $3.4 million in borrowing to assist the fire department, improve the condition of city roads and beautify and improve safety at Milford Harbor. Aldermen approved $1.8 million to replace the aging boat ramp and to construct a new bulkhead to ensure no one slips or falls into the harbor."

Firefighters give Slossberg thumbs up

10-27-2004

"MILFORD - The Milford Professional Firefighter's Association endorsed Democratic State Senate candidate Gayle Slossberg Monday, marking the first time in recent history that they've made a political endorsement, said Jim Coubrough, president of the firefighters' union."

A firefighter’s dream comes true in Milford

10-04-2004

"MILFORD — What do you do when your dream eludes you for eight years? "

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Volunteer fire companies left legacy

06-14-2004

"MILFORD - In memory of those who gave their lives for others, approximately 50 people gathered on the Milford Green Sunday afternoon for a solemn ceremony to honor former members of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department."

Mello cop era begins

04-22-2004

"Milford has entered a new era in policing with the recent appointment of the city's ninth police chief, Keith Mello"

Milford dispatchers employ new EMD system

03-04-2004

"The Milford (CT) Fire Department has recently instituted a new emergency dispatch system that — without using jet fuel to power the department’s ambulances — will get help to patients in seconds."

Milford fire chief takes lead in helping others

03-01-2004

"MILFORD - In firefighting circles, it's called "mutual aid," an arrangement between neighboring communities to share each other's fire services and manpower in times of crisis. For Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia, the term takes on new meaning, extending beyond the realm of the fire scene to encompass national and statewide efforts to improve fire safety."

Fire chief gains special recognition

05-28-2003

"MILFORD - The Fire Department announced Tuesday that its leader received a rare distinction among fire officials: He was named a *chief fire officer* by a national organization."

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05-01-2003

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Milford fire trucks to carry latest PCs

12-11-2002

"Mobile computer terminals are now being installed in the Milford trucks to show firefighters maps of the quickest route for arrival, pre-fire planning information, floor plans and whether the buildings have any hazardous materials, officials said."

Milford on track to add fire pumper

04-18-2002

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