Open letter from Fire Co. to culprits who stole, destroyed FF memorial signs

To the editor:

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this letter at this time. I am writing to an unknown individual or a small group of individuals who destroyed some very important property to not only two local families, but also the entire past, present, and future firefighters in the Town of Plainville.

Let me begin this letter with some history of the Fire Department in Plainville. On Jan. 122, 1885, that’s right 1885, a group of 30 individuals got together and formed the Plainville Hose Company for the protection from fire for the Town of Plainville. On Jan. 2, 1952, through the help and dedication of Attorney Milton Koskoff, the Plainville Fire Company, by which it is now known, became incorporated in the State of Connecticut.

Since that group of 30, an additional 475 men and women who call Plainville their home have joined forces to fight the ravages of fire.

On the window of the apparatus now stationed on West Main Street is a decal that reads, “Everybody Goes Home.” In the past 129 years, this did not hold true for two individuals, namely Herbert Ewald and Dominic Moschini, Sr., who did not return home after serving at an alarm. What a Chrismas present for Herb’s family as well as the reality for Barbara Smedick and Dominic Moschini, Jr. not to have their father ever return to their home again. This is a very sad statistic that two of our brothers had to give their lives, but none the less true. Will this tragic scene happen again? Probably, seeing that firefighting is one of the world’s deadliest professions. Will we like it? Absolutely not, but as long as there are fires, it will happen.

In the summer of 2010, the fire company celebrated its 125th anniversary. In celebration of their membership in this brotherhood, the Plainville Town Council gave the Fire Company permission to change the names of the two streets in Norton Park to Herbert Ewarld Way and Dominic Moschini, Sr., Lane. Street signs were made and at the parade ceremony were dedicated to these two men with their families present. Shortly after, the street signs were erected by the Park Department– where they have been displayed since.

A few weeks ago, it was brought to the attention of the Fire Company that two of the signs in the park had been removed and destroyed. The Dominic Moschini, Sr., sign was later found totally beaten in the high school parking lot. But the one for Herbert Ewald has not, as of yet, been found.

We are asking the individual or group of individuals to come forward and meet with Fire Company personnel. We are not looking to punish this individual, but to sit down at the table and discuss with him/ her what it means to be a firefighter, jump out of a warm bed at 3 a.m. to fight a fire, leave your dinner that your wife has prepared for you on the table, or leave the birthday party for your 2-year-old son while your family sings, “Happy Birthday” to go and help a neighbor in distress.

The Fire Company with the blessings of Fire Captain Bob Planeta is in the process of replacing these signs along with the scroll work supporting the signs. The cost for the replacement will be about $1,300 that will be taken out of the company’s treasury.

Please hear my closing thoughts, which can be read at Fire Headquarters in the entrance way of our Meeting Room on west Main Street, “All of Us Gave Some, Some of Us Gave All.”

In the service of firefighting and proud secretary of the Plainville Fire Company.

Allyn K. Kail

On behalf of the entire Plainville Fire Company