Firefighter Joseph Halas, 33, an 11-year veteran of the City of Danbury Fire Department, died on February 23, 1982. He became trapped when the second floor collapsed, while advancing a hoseline and looking for a reported missing employee. Firefighter Halas was one of two veteran firefighters killed in this incident. This was the first time a firefighter was killed while fighting a fire in Danbury’s 92-year history. Firefighter Halas was assigned to Engine Company 22, a member of IAFF Local 801, and Firemen’s Pension Board. He was an Air Force veteran, was a lieutenant in the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department before becoming a career firefighter. He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church and Sokol Lodge. He attended St. Joseph School and was a 1966 graduate of Immaculate High School. Firefighter Halas is survived by Cynthia A. (Weeks) Halas (wife), Joseph K. Halas (son), John J. Halas(son), Jamie W. Halas (son) and Jessica A. Halas (daughter).
As I have just found this Wall, I knew “Joey” as we both grew up in the neighborhood. He was a wonderful guy and it was a sad day when he left so many family & friends behind. Although many years have passed, he is remembered with fondness.– Brenda (Sturges)Setterberg
My heart is heavy and I am missing you as if you left yesterday. I thank GOD everyday for the four beautiful children we had together, they are a blessing. You will always be with me forever and ever in my heart and I know that we will be together again soon.– Cynthia Halas
Your loving wife