We at Beacon Hose are sad and regretful to announce the passing of longtime member Peter Christensen, who died April 3 with family and friends by his side.
Pete joined Beacon Hose in January 1975 and held countless roles in our organization over the past 46 years. In addition to being a firefighter and an EMT, he was a past EMS director and the longtime chairperson of our scholarship committee, where he oversaw the awards of more than $100,000 to Beacon Falls students over the past few decades.
Our neighboring departments (and anyone who saved a spot to watch near the reviewing stand) will also remember Pete as the longtime announcer of our annual parade. With every company that passed, he added great insight and knowledge for the audience, owing to how much he knew about emergency services in Connecticut.
Pete was also a career dispatcher, a regular attendee of fire prevention activities at Laurel Ledge, a member of multiple ambulance replacement committees, and a Beacon Hose storyteller. He wrote much of our company history that is posted on our Facebook page and website, and he loved sharing old stories, such as the time he rode a tailboard to a mutual-aid fire in Waterbury during the 1970s.
As he faced mounting health troubles over the last few years, Pete always said how proud he was to be a Beacon Hose member and was always grateful to our EMS crews whenever he needed to be treated or transported.
We extend our love, sympathy, and best wishes to Pete’s family, especially his daughters, Britta and Jessica. We will pass along information about services when they are finalized, and Beacon Hose will proudly play a role in his ceremonies.
Rest in peace, Pete.