Posted on October 12, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
For many of us ‘Old Timers’ the Burrville Regional Fire School was where we got our first taste of firefighting and the rush of adrenaline that often presents itself at vehicle accidents and structure fires.
After 50 years of use, the aging and dilapidated buildings were razed to make way for a more modern, technologically advanced, full service campus.
This new school, which celebrated its opening today with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, is now called the Litchfield County Regional Fire School. The $13.1 million project was approved in 2016 by the state Bond Commission, but planning for the upgrade began nearly 20 years ago. Richard Winn, Director of LCRFS, led off the ceremony with some very kinds words, many thanks, and also a moment of silence for Jay Cesnak, the project’s Superintendent who tragically lost his life last month.
Posted on October 5, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
I participated in a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building, kicking off the beginning of a new era for Connecticut’s veterans. I helped craft a new law that expands the eligibility of veterans to receive the benefits they earned while defending our country, even if given an other than honorable discharge.
This is important because many other than honorable discharges often stem from incidences occurring as a direct result of TBI, PTSD or military sexual trauma. We should not keep resources away from the individuals who need it most.
Posted on September 11, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
TORRINGTON – State Representatives Jay Case (R-Winsted) and Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan) participated in a September 11th Memorial Ceremony at Torrington’s North End Fire Station. The representatives each expressed gratitude for the service of the community’s first responders and delivered remarks to the crowd of police, EMT, firefighters, and members of the public.
Rep. Ohler said, “The events occurring on September 11th, not only changed my life but became the inspiration for many others of my generation to take action and answer the call to serve our state and country as first responders. As one of those individuals, I think it’s most important to recognize that to honor those who sacrificed everything 17 years ago we must continue to strengthen our American neighborhoods and families through the preservation of public safety. While that day will be historically marked as a day of infamy, it also time stamps one of the strongest reactions from America to stand together and not let evil take away from living our lives as free men and women.”