Wednesday, July 19, 2017
THE END OF AN ERA AT THE HARTFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT
Tomorrow will mark the first time since 1953 that there has not been a Nolan family member in the ranks of the Hartford Fire Department. Captain John Nolan will be retiring tomorrow after 27 years and 7 months of service to the City of Hartford. I know it has not been an easy decision, but back injuries over the years have taken their toll on Captain Nolan, and I of all people have learned to realize how important your health is, enjoy it while you can. John comes from a family of firefighters serving over the years on the HFD, and served along side his brother , Deputy Chief Dan Nolan, who retired earlier this month.
Their father, the late Deputy Chief "Big Dan" Nolan, began serving the City of Hartford in 1953 and was on duty during the devastating fire at Hartford Hospital, a fire which helped eventually form the basis for Fire Code changes nationwide.
Thank you to the Nolan family for sharing their brothers, sons and father with us and for protecting our families and homes in Hartford. Enjoy your wel deserved retirements