New Britain police, fire, EMS treated to lunch for Public Servants Appreciation Day

Published on Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:11
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEW BRITAIN – The city’s emergency responders were treated to a barbecue lunch this week by the New Britain Memorial - Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home and Bear’s Smokehouse.

New Britain Memorial staff invited New Britain Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the Event Center at 444 Farmington Ave. Tuesday for their 5th Annual Public Servants Appreciation Day.

“We went to all the stations the day before and that morning to make sure they were aware of the event,” General Manager and Funeral Director Bonnie Latronica said. “We had almost 100 people come this year. It was a great turnout and a beautiful day.”

New Britain Fire Chief Raul Ortiz rotated the department’s fire companies so as many firefighters as possible could attend the barbecue while still ensuring duties were served.

“We’re always happy anybody would appreciate the work we’re doing,” Ortiz told the Herald. “We don’t ever anticipate or expect that kind of appreciation but it’s always welcome.”

By the time police, EMS and firefighters had made their way through, there were still some leftovers, which New Britain Memorial staff delivered to stations to feed their night crews.

“We see them throughout the year and we just want them to know they’re appreciated,” Latronica said.

Police get in touch with funeral home staff in certain instances, such as to release deceased individuals into their care when a family member is not present at time of death.

“We work most with police, but we’re thankful to all of them,” Latronica added of emergency responders.

Just last year, the New Britain Fire Department helped New Britain Memorial solve an issue with its flagpole apparatus.

“It’s everyone helping each other in the community,” Latronica said. “We’re planning to continue this event every year. Hopefully next year we get another great turnout.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:11. Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:13.