The Milton Fire Department held its Annual Appreciation and Awards Dinner on May 4 at the Rookery North in Milford. This is the department’s annual event to say “Thank you” to the members of the fire department and ladies auxiliary for their contributions.
The highlight of the evening was special recognition to John R. “Jack” Hudson, conferring the title of president emeritus for his 25 years of service as president of the fire department. Hudson was recognized with tributes from the governor, Senate, House of Representatives and the fire department. President John A. Hopkins presented a ceremonial gavel to Hudson recognizing his authority as president.
Three longtime Milton families also received special recognition for contributions made to assist the fire department.
Both Carpenter Farms and Ockels Farms were recognized for allowing their facilities to be used during an agricultural rescue training course. Chief Gene Dvornick said, “It is better to get hands-on, boots-on-the-ground experience when it comes to specialized rescue versus sitting in a classroom all day.” Both farms were utilized to educate firefighters on the situations and risks that may be present during an emergency on a farm.
Harry H. “Hobby” Isaacs Jr. was recognized for the donation of an emergency generator which was installed at the fire station on Front Street. Hopkins said, “It is very comforting to see the lights on at the fire house when the rest of the town is dark, and we have Hobby Isaacs to thank for this.”
During 2012, the Milton Fire Department responded to a total of 1,115 calls for assistance, 855 medical and 260 fire. Organized Nov. 14, 1901, the volunteers of the Milton Fire Department have provided 24-hour, seven-day-a-week coverage to residents and visitors for more than 111 years.