The Connecticut Broadcasters Association puts on a super
annual convention; and this year the CBA honored “first responder” organizations for
their service and dedication to state residents.
Saluted were the Connecticut EMS Advisory Board; the Connecticut National Guard;
the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association; the Connecticut State Firefighters
Association; the Connecticut State Police; and the U.S. Coast Guard. Thanks, CBA, for the useful reminder of the crucial relationship between local
first responders and local “first informers.”
Shown, front row: Klarn DePalma, chair
of the Connecticut
Broadcasters Association and VP/general
manager of WFSB(TV) Hartford and WSHM(TV) 3 Springfield, Mass.; Dr.
Jewel Mullen, commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Public Health; John Quinlavin, chairman of the Connecticut EMS Advisory Board;Petty Officer 1st Class Christian Salinas of the U.S.
Richard Blumenthal, the convention’s keynote speaker; and Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State
Rear row:LTC Michael Falk, Recruiting & Retention Commander for the
Connecticut National Guard; Chief Kevin Searles of the Connecticut Police
Chiefs Association; Chief Jim O’Neil, president of the Connecticut State
Firefighters Association; and Col. Danny Stebbins of the Connecticut State
Police. The photo is by Jake Koteen Photography.