Highway Dedicated to Fallen Firefighters

May 23, 2018

Joe with Eric T. Heath, Battalion Chief of the Southington Fire Department, at the dedication ceremony.

Southington firefighters, 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 DOT, and Southington Firefighters held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the lives and courage of Southington’s Fallen Firefighters.

“The Southington Fire Department has lost five of its members while in the service to the citizens of Southington. 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,” said Eric T. Heath, Battalion Chief, Southington Fire Department.

The five members of the Southington Firefighters 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 November 22, 1981; Firefighter Roger Sullivan, who died in the line of duty on October 17, 1984; Firefighter Carl Sherman, who died in the line of duty on January 4, 2005; and Firefighter Justin Wisniewski, who died in the line of duty on April 3, 2005.

“It was an honor to be able to pass this legislation as one way to remember the bravery and courage of these firefighters. 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,” said Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington).