SOUTHINGTON - Southington firefighters, local lawmakers and community members came together to celebrate the dedication of the Southington Fallen Firefighters Memorial Highway.
This past legislative session, the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation to dedicate the portion of Route 120 from Route 322 to Route 10 in Southington to Southington’s Fallen Firefighters. Signage was recently installed by the Department of Transportation and Southington firefighters held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the lives and courage of Southington’s Fallen Firefighters. The ceremony was attended by state Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, Sen. Joe Markley, Rep. Rob Sampson and Rep. John Fusco.
“The Southington Fire Department has lost five of its members while in the service to the citizens of Southington,” said Eric T. Heath, battalion chief, Southington Fire Department. “Memorializing them is bittersweet, as it is both right and honorable to do so but in that we are reminded of not only their sacrifices, but the sacrifice of their families.”
“It was an honor to be able to pass this legislation as one way to remember the bravery and courage of these firefighters,” said State Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington). “Firefighters selflessly put their lives on the line every day to ensure that others are safe, and there is never enough gratitude we can give them. These five heroes paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our community safe and this highway dedication will serve as a reminder to honor them and their families.”
The five members of the Southington Firefighters who were memorialized are Lieutenant William Peck, who died in the line of on duty July 16, 1977; Assistant Chief Francis Casale, who died in the line of duty on Nov. 22, 1981; Firefighter Roger Sullivan, who died in the line of duty on Oct. 17, 1984; Firefighter Carl Sherman, who died in the line of duty on Jan. 4, 2005; and Firefighter Justin Wisniewski, who died in the line of duty on April 3, 2005.