Letter To The Editor "Journal Inquirer" from
Tolland Fire Chief John Littell
Making a difference
EMS Week 2008, which
was celebrated May 18-24 and themed “Your Life is Our Mission,” was a time to recognize everyone in the emergency
medical services work force.
I would like to extend many thanks to all emergency medical technicians, medical response
technicians, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, educators, administrators, and others who are working together to
get the job done.
For most, however, it’s more than a job. It’s a desire to help people in need. It takes
special people to consistently extend themselves in order to provide the highest level of care to patients and to help others
during emergency situations.
I would like to extend many personal thanks and recognize all members of Tolland Fire
Department, both career and volunteer. From the smallest of tasks to lifesaving maneuvers, each member contributes in a way
that makes a difference. It is because of your gifts of time, unique talents, and knowledge that our community is a better
Attending hundreds of hours of training each year, responding to calls for help, taking time away from your
own families, and making personal sacrifices in order to serve others in need is greatly appreciated by all who have come
to depend on you.
You should be proud to know that your efforts are valued, make a difference in the community and
accomplish the mission of providing exceptional care.
John C. Little
is chief of the Tolland Fire Department.
Email to Town Manager from town resident!
Thank you for your kind wishes. You obviously know kids - James's sense of humor and
his eagerness to resume all of his activities, especially playing, are already restored. Nicola and I are doing our
best to make him rest, as his nose is broken, and he has some mean looking bumps and scrapes on his face. I expect that
he will be back in school on Monday.
I must also take this opportunity to commend Chief John Littell and his public
safety team and ambulance crew for the unforgettably kind and highly competent first aid and care they provided to James.
As you know, he is still quite young and is rarely without his parents or third grade teacher. Hence, in addition
to my and Nicola's concerns about his physical trauma, we were worried about the fear that he must have experienced, being
the epicenter of a school emergency and being transported to Hartford in an ambulance, especially without having yet seen
his mother or me. Therefore, I must express my family's gratitude for each member of the response team knowing this
and quickly demonstrating an understanding of James's emotional needs. To our relief, James later described that
nearly as much effort was expended keeping his spirits high as was affording him the highest level of care for his physical
James, Nicola, and I are most grateful for the empathy and
professionalism of of the EMTs and other
members of the Public Safety and Fire Departments, who helped James yesterday afternoon. I hope that you will
pass on my appreciation for such meritorious performance to Chief Littell and the other staff members involved under his supervision.
Chief John Littell, Dennis Carlson, Jason Szemreylo and Part Time Public
Safety Officers Jason Wellings and Steve Pasek were on this call.
This poster was made as a "Thank You Card" for Brian Gagnon and Dan Heald after a visit to the
Kid's Academy in Tolland.
Thank You Card from Kid's Academy.