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Danbury FD remembers fallen firefighters

February 24, 2019

DANBURY — On the 37th anniversary of the death of a fire lieutenant and a firefighter, Danbury firefighters had a moment of silence in their memory Saturday.

On Feb. 23, 1982, Lt. Martin “Butch” Melody and firefighter Joseph Halas were battling a fire at the Russo Fur Company on Osborne Street. During the fire, the two members of the fire department “made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives,” officials said.

“May you rest in peace,” said the fire dispatcher prior to the moment of silence at 8 p.m. “What you have given in service of others is never forgotten.”

Melody and Halas are the Danbury Fire Department’s only members to die in the line of duty.

“They will live on in our hearts and memories forever,” officials said.