Joseph L. Halas

Joseph L. Halas

Firefighter Joseph Halas, 33, an 11-year veteran of the City of Danbury Fire Department, died on February 23, 1982. He became trapped when the second floor collapsed, while advancing a hoseline and looking for a reported missing employee. Firefighter Halas was one of two veteran firefighters killed in this incident. This was the first time a firefighter was killed while fighting a fire in Danbury’s 92-year history. Firefighter Halas was assigned to Engine Company 22, a member of IAFF Local 801, and Firemen’s Pension Board. He was an Air Force veteran, was a lieutenant in the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department before becoming a career firefighter. He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church and Sokol Lodge. He attended St. Joseph School and was a 1966 graduate of Immaculate High School. Firefighter Halas is survived by Cynthia A. (Weeks) Halas (wife), Joseph K. Halas (son), John J. Halas(son), Jamie W. Halas (son) and Jessica A. Halas (daughter).

Martin R. ‘Butch’ Melody

Martin R. 'Butch' Melody

Lieutenant Martin “Butch” Melody, 41, a 15-year veteran of the City of Danbury Fire Department, died on February 23, 1982. He became trapped when the second-floor collapsed, while advancing a hoseline and looking for a reported missing employee. Lieutenant Melody was one of two veteran firefighters killed in this incident. This was the first time a Danbury firefighter was killed while fighting a fire in its 92-year history. Lieutenant Melody was assigned to Engine Company 23, Union President of IAFF Local 801 since 1980, President of Danbury Rugby Club, and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Amerigo Vespucci Lodge. He was also active in sports, played in the Danbury Industrial Softball League, and a member of St. Peter’s Church. He was a graduate of Danbury Schools. Lieutenant Melody is survived by Maura (Danaher) Melody (wife), Brian Melody (son) and Erin Melody (daughter).