Former Fire Chief Celebrates 100th Birthday with Fire Truck Parade

Members of the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department honored former Chief Carleton Quint on his 100th birthday on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2021. Those attending included several firefighters in reflective jackets, Firefighter Earl Gillette at extreme left, Fire Lt. Matt Gereg, Firefighter Rob Start, Former Chief Bud Neal and Firefighter Stewart Clarke.

WOODBURY —  With a lineup parade of eight fire trucks driving past his home, Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department honored former Chief Carleton Quint on his 100th birthday on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2021. Mr. Quint, a World War II Navy combat veteran and former postmaster in Woodbury, also served on the town Board of Fire Commissioners. “He is still a great supporter of the department,” said Fire Chief Janet B. Morgan, “and in addition to all that, he’s got a great sense of humor.”

Mr. Quint watched the parade go by and listened to a dozen firefighters sing “Happy Birthday,” more or less in tune though the pitch varied, according to reports. 

Another former chief, Bud Neal, presented him with a model of an antique 1927 firetruck as a birthday present. The department is in the final phases of restoring its own Seagrave firetruck of the era.

Mr. Quint, born in Yarmouth, Maine, moved to Woodbury when he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after World War II. 

He served as a gunnery control office for five-inch naval cannons aboard the fast battleship USS Indiana during the Pacific Campaigns.

The Indiana bombarded enemy shore positions as Marines went ashore in amphibious assaults to seize Japanese-held islands.

Mr. Quint was appointed postmaster in Woodbury in the 1960s and was fire chief in the late 1970s. 

A widower, he has a daughter, Linda, and a son, Jon.

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