GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)–Firefighter Todd Williamson still rides with his Poquonock Bridge brothers. They made sure of it by dedicating this brand new ladder truck in his memory.
“He is so much in the hearts of everyone that’s working here and everyone that’s in the town right now and the taxpayers. So it’s very special to have a piece of him always with us and we know he’s looking out for us,” said firefighter Mike Bednarz.
The ceremony took place Saturday which would have been Todd’s 35th birthday. Coincidentally, the number of this truck is also 35. Three representing the Poquonock Bridge department and the five representing the fact this is a ladder truck.
“To sum it up he was very energetic and very dedicated to this job. I can’t say enough about him and I’d be remiss to even start,” Bednarz said. “Not only is this new ladder truck a great tool for firefighting but it also holds a special meaning for the guys here.”
Willliamson’s wife, son, and daughter were among those at the dedication ceremony. His mother says ever since he was three or four years old he wanted to be a firefighter.
“He always ran around the house going fight fires fight fires and it was his dream job,” said mother Chris Williamson.
But it was also more than a job, it was family and now it’s his children’s family.
“Tyler has many uncles here and so does Lilly Todd’s older daughter and once you’re in the family you stay in the family,” Bednarz said.
This new 35 will be in service for a long time to come.
“It’s so great that they just continue to miss him and love him and you know care about him,” Chris Williamson said.