It is with immense sadness and regret that the West Hartford Fire Department and IAFF Local 1241 announce the death of Apparatus Operator Joseph Mangione on August 27, 2020 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. We were proud to be able to bring him home where he spent his last days surrounded by family, friends, and brother and sister firefighters. Joe was a 20-year member of the department, proudly assigned to Truck Co 3 on New Britain Ave.
Joe was a highly respected member of the department, the most senior apparatus operator, and the only trainer who had personally trained all of the Department’s current apparatus operators over his 20-year career. Joe had been recognized as the department's Driver of the Year for his unsurpassed technical competency and his unwavering commitment to safety. Joe also received two citations for meritorious service in the line of duty.
A long-time resident of West Hartford, he leaves behind his wife Patricia and their two sons Mike and Will.
We appreciate the outpouring of support and kind words of encouragement from people and agencies all across Connecticut and New England. Please keep the Mangione family in your thoughts during this difficult time.
Rest in Peace Brother Mangione and rest assured that Station 3 will always miss their #1 driver.