Southern CT Antique Fire Apparatus Collectors


8/7/2016 - With deep sympathy we announce that Ron Butz, a charter member and our 1st President has passed away.

He will be missed by all for his generosity and work he did for this organization.

God Bless you Ron and may you rest in peace.


The members of SCAFAC would like to offer our condolences to the
Hartford Fire Department

Easton CT, Fire Lt. LODD death - 10/29/12

Lt. Russell Neary was struck by a falling limb while attempted to remove a log that had fallen on Judd Road as they returned from a fire call around 7:30 p.m. The tree and braches also landed on top of the fire truck, trapping it beneath.
Lt. Neary was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

"He was a hard worker and would do anything for anybody," said Chief Jim Girardi. "He was president of the Fire Company and a volunteer EMT."

Photos of the CT Firefighters Memorial
at the CT State Fire Academy

all photos by Lou Tibor

With great sorrow we announce the passing of one of our founding members:  
"G. Marshall Sanford"

4/15/2012 - Redding  -- Redding Fire Lt. G. Marshall Sanford (67), a former fire chief and 50-year veteran firefighter, died while in the fire house responding to a brush fire.

Fire Chief Ron Van Oostendorp said G. Marshall Sanford, 1st Lt. of Engine No. 1, was "the heart and soul of the fire department he was the fire department.

"We don't know what kind of medical emergency he had," said the chief. All efforts were made to no avail to resuscitate Mr. Sanford.

Firefighters and EMS go into a different mode when a call comes in, said the chief. "It drives your adrenaline. That could have been the mode he was in," he said.

He was a former National President of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA), and received the organization's most distinguished award, the William L. Robinson Award.

When his father passed away, Mr. Sanford took over the organization of the town's annual Memorial Day Parade. He had continued his father's tradition of making the parade an event for kids

A retired high school teacher, he held a Sixth Year in social studies / education.  He was a member and past chairman of the Zoning Commission, on which he had served for some 40 years.
Mr. Sanford was also treasurer of the Redding Ridge Cemetery Association.

"He was a wealth of knowledge, always very excited," said Chief Van Oostendorp.  Pam Barrett, a Firefighter 1 and EMT said, "He is irreplaceable, he would do anything for you, give the shirt off his back. He was kind and dedicated."

The chief said Mr. Sanford, with his more than 50 years of service, "watched this department grow. "We're going to miss him greatly."

"Chief Van Oostendorp said that Mr. Sanford was getting an ambulance ready to respond to a call for a minor brush fire on Sunday when he collapsed beside the ambulance.


The members of SCAFAC would like to offer our condolences to the
Bridgeport Fire Department


For their loss of two of their members 7/24/2010 at the Elmwood Ave. fire

Lt. Steven Velazquez & FF Michael Baik

The Bridgeport Fire Department have established a fund to support the families of the two fallen fire fighters.
Donations to the "Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Fund" can be made through the:
Bridgeport Fire Department Employees Federal Credit Union
3115 Madison Ave.
Bridgeport CT. 06606
Attn: Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Fund
The credit union can be reached at (203) 374-8120 or 1-800-242-8120

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