Conn. Broadcasters Salute First Responders



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. Coast Guard;U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the convention’s keynote speaker; and Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police.

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.

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