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NEW FORMAT

We’re introducing a new system, that will help us keep the site more consistent from platform to platform, allow us to manage the site easier and let us update the site ‘on the fly.’ This new system has several cool features like search, comments on individual stories and better archiving.

There also now two new pages of pictures in the picture area. That’s sixty not photographs capturing the Hamtramck Firefighters in action. Please take a look by click the Pictures link in the menu above.

If you have any problems or see any inconsistencies, please let me know. Thanks.

FLORIAN MARCH / MASS

We’d like to thank everyone for showing up at our annual St. Florian Firefighter March and Mass. Firefighters from all over the Metro Detroit showed up including Detroit, Windsor, Ann Arbor, Utica, Commerce, Shelby, Dearborn, Ecorse, Frenchtown, Eastpointe, St. Clair Shores, as well as the Axemen Firefighters Motorcycle Club.

Thanks again to all those that showed up and Fr. Thomas and St. Florian for once again having us.

Pictures here.

FIREFIGHTER MARCH & MASS

This years annual St. Florian Firefighter March and Mass will be held on April 30th.

March leaves Hamtramck firehouse at about 3:00 PM – march participants should arrive early!! Mass starts at 4 PM (you are not obligated to attend or participate in mass).

A reception will follow mass at the hall under the school across the street from the church.

Other details, including history of the event and details about the origins of St. Florian can be found here.

KOSS RETIREMENT PARTY

A retirement party for Jeff Koss will be held April 27th at the Hamtramck Knights of Columbus Hall located at 9632 Conant (map). Capt. Koss retired February 14th with 32 years of service in the Hamtramck Fire Department.

Tickets are $20, the party starts at 5:00 pm further info can be made by calling the Hamtramck Firehouse at (313) 876-7778. *|

APRIL 2 FIRE

Hamtramck Firefighters were called to this blaze on Charest street near Immaculate Conception Church at about 8:00 AM, Satuday morning. The home was found to be about 80% involved according to Lt. Ron Cichecki.

An agressive firefighting attack was able to save a most of the stucture and the home next door, which did have some exposure damage. Two Hamtramck Firefighters sufferend injuries and were treated at Henry Ford Hospital, one has already returned to full duty and the other is expected to return shortly.

Pictures courtesy Luigi Gjokaj.

TOMB GUARDS

The Pastor of St. Florian Church asked the Hamtramck Firefighters to hold a special guard over the tomb of Jesus on Holy Saturday. It’s a tradition in parts of Poland for Firefighters to take this special watch.

Lt. Chris Sanchez, Motor Engineers Paul Sharon and Mark Swider and Firefighters Bill Dickens and John Dropchuk took shifts to maintain the watch over the tomb.

Pictures.

CONDOLENCES

The Hamtramck Firefighters would like to express our deepest sympahty and condolences to the friends and family of Theodore “Ted” Sejnnowksi. Retired firefighter Sejnowski passed away March 7 at the age of 94.

Ted served with the Hamtramck Fire Department for many years before retiring in 1975 and remembered fondly by all.