Archive for 2012

For Daniel

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Darien Fire Department Members, and hundreds of other firefighters from the region, bid farewell to Daniel B., our little brother, in Sandy Hook.

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Daniel wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up, like his FDNY uncles. His life was taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. It was nice to be able to help bring comfort to his family in some way by showing the support and solidarity of the fire service community. It was an honor to be part of this event.


Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Darien Fire Department’s open house for 2012 is Cancelled.

Get Ready!

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Please refer to local, state, and federal government guidelines with regard to preparing for the upcoming storm.

Per website:

“Darien is calling for mandatory evacuations of all coastal areas by 7pm [Sunday October 28] including Noroton Bay, Tokeneke, Contentment Island, Five Mile River Road, Holly Pond, Delafield Island, Tokeneke in the vicinity of the Five Mile River. Record high tides will result in all inland river areas to flood. During peak storm conditions, emergency personnel may not be able to get to you. Seek shelter with family or friends if possible. When evacuating, remember to bring all items for personal health and safety as well as important documents and insurance papers. ”

Passing of Past Chief Kevin Dunn

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012


It is with great sadness that the Darien Fire Department mourns today’s passing of past Chief Kevin Dunn.

Calling hours are Sunday, June 17, from 2-6, at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien.

Kevin M. Dunn, a former Darien Fire chief and longtime Darien resident, died Tuesday, June 12, in Wakefield, R.I. He was 69.

Born April 11, 1943, in Stamford, he was the son of the late Joseph F. Dunn and Helen Gaffney Dunn

Chief Dunn was a member of the Darien Fire Department, serving as chief from 1973-74.†††

He is survived by his sisters, Carole Dunn Tyler of Darien, Janet D. Murphy and her husband Frank Murphy of Norwalk;† two nephews, William H. Tyler and his wife Denise, and Daniel C. Tyler and his wife Colleen; two nieces, Amy Tyler Capozzoli and her husband Robert C., and Kara Murphy; and several great nephews and nieces.

Calling hours are Sunday, June 17, from 2-6, at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, June 18, at 10, at St. Johnís R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Ave., Norwalk CT 06854.

Obituary & Memorial Service for Past Chief Andrew Robert Szanto

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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Andrew Robert Szanto, age 66, of Darien, beloved husband of Maureen Byrnes Szanto, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at home with his family by his side. Born in Norwalk, son to the late Andrew and Mary Tozar Szanto, Robert was a lifelong resident of Darien.

He had worked for the Stamford Tent and Event Services Co. Bob enjoyed cooking, caring for his home and was an avid NASCAR fan. Above all was his sense of duty to others, he was a dedicated member of the Darien Volunteer Fire Department, joining in 1964 and serving in the various positions and as the Chief for nine years. He has served as the Darien Fire Marshall, a member of the Fire Commission, and was a founding member of the Fairfield County Fire Chiefs Emergency Plan.

In addition to his beloved wife Maureen, Bob is survived by his son, Andrew Szanto, daughters Danielle and Ashleen Szanto, all of Darien, a brother Richard Szanto and his wife Cathy of Southbury as well as nieces and nephews Katy Szanto and Austin, Nick and Nora Byrnes.

His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11am at the Darien Volunteer Fire Department 848 Post Rd., Darien, Ct. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the Darien Fire Department or to the DFD Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.

Passing of Past Chief Andrew Robert Szanto

Thursday, June 7th, 2012


It is with great sadness that the Darien Fire Department mourns today’s passing of past Chief, life long†member, and great friend, A. Robert Szanto.

Please pray for Bob and his family in this time of great sorrow.† We will publicize memorial†arrangements here†once they are known.

Redding Fire Dept. Line of Duty Death

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Darien Fire Department joins our brothers in Redding to mourn the line-of-duty death of G. Marshall Sanford, Past Chief & Lieutenant of the Redding Fire & EMS Co. #1.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother and sister firefighters in Redding.

Darien Fire Department Team to Benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Darien Fire Department firefighters are supporting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by shaving their heads to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, and by raising money to find cures.

Please visit our team’s website and support us.

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Darien FD Assists Noroton FD at the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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This midnight crash on Post Road near Old King’s Highway South required an extrication operation to free the occupant. Darien FD Rescue Co. 44 responded to assist Noroton FD with the incident Sunday night, January 15.

(Photo by Assistant Chief Shane Smith)