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Historic photos of the NLFD provided by William Cushing Peck

Photos provided by William Cushing Peck, circa 1950
Go to the bottom of the page to learn about William Peck

         Al Gonsales (photo says good football player @ Chapman Tech)              Anthony Morano
                 Charles Lusk fixing toys for Christmas at Fire HQ                    George Shelcross "Relief Driver"

                   Charles Lusk on left, and Demarco on right.  Fire Prevention Week at City Hall 1950

                                          Chief Thomas A. Shipman (O'Connor Deputy Chief)
                               Joseph Sheehan                               James A. Woods, Fire Marshal on left, Groton Chief right

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William Cushing Peck

Bill Peck was born June 1, 1917 in New London and graduated from Chapman Tech High School in 1934.

He graduated from Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Mass in 1941 and worked for the Botany Department at Connecticut College.

He married the former Jean Marsters on May 2, 1942.

At age 18, he joined the New London Volunteer Fire Department.  He was elected Foreman of the Konomoc Ladder Company No. 2, was Past-President of the New London Volunteer Firemen's Association, Honorary Life Member of the New London County Fire Chief's Association and Life Member of the Konomoc Ladder Company.

He was Committee Chairman of the 67th annual Connecticut State Fireman's convention and parade taking place on August 18-19, 1950 in New London.  Within minutes of the parade commencing, it started to rain.  The August 21, 1950 edition of The Day noted:

"William C. Peck, parade chairman, was a picture of despair at Ocean Beach Park Saturday night.  The convention had been running smoothly until the rain.  His cohorts reminded him there's nothing you can do about the weather."

He moved to New Jersey in 1952 after accepting a position with the National Board of Fire Underwriters in NYC.  After 30 years of service, he retired in 1982 as the Staff Supervisor of Public Protection for the Middle Atlantic Region of Insurance Services Office (ISO).

He is an active member of the Connecticut Firemen's Historical Society.

He is a Life Member of the East Brunswick Fire Department, having served as Chief, President, Trustee and Chairman of the Fire Commissioners and part-time inspector.

He now resides at the New Jersey Firemen's Home in Boonton, NJ.

Local 1522 would like to thank Mr. Peck for his interest in NLFD history and in our website.  Mr. Peck's daughter, Carol Soule contacted L-1522 and provided the pictures above, that were taken by Bill Peck between 1946 and 1950.

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