Thank you!

Durham Fair 2018

Thanks for everyone who came out this past weekend to help park cars at the Durham Fair! It was greatly appreciated and were were most appreciative for those who could only spend a couple of hours there as that was a big help as well.

This year we were moved to the Tilcon lot which stretched our resources over a larger area. Everyone adapted to the situation as we normally do and things went rather smoothly for us.

Thanks again and see you there next year!

Knights of St. Patrick Public Safety Night

Knights of St. Patrick Public Safety Night

The Knights of St. Patrick are honoring Deputy Chief Tim Judd from the Branford Fire Department and Officer Craig C. Miller of the New Haven Police Department for their diligent devotion to the safety of the community they serve at the 43rd annual Public Safety Night on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Knights of St. Patrick Grand Hall 1533 State Street, New Haven. Denise D’Amato, Administrative Assistant New Haven Fire Department Chief’s Office, is being honored with a Special Recognition Award.

History of the Knights of St. Patrick Public Safety Night

In April of 1976, John F. Walsh, newly-elected President of the Knights of St. Patrick, and club members exchanged ideas to honor the protective services of the City of New Haven. The meeting took place at the old clubhouse located at 304 Elm Street, New Haven. After some in-depth discussions, President Walsh suggested that a Public Safety Night be held. He asked Captain Donald McCarthy of the New Haven Fire Department and Lieutenant John O’Connor of the New Haven Police Department to serve as co-chairmen and to form a committee to run the event.

On June 24, 1976, the first Public Safety Night was held. A New Haven Fire Fighter and a New Haven Police Officer were recognized for their contributions to the safety of the community they served. This affair was well attended with good club membership support and by a large group of individuals from both the New Haven Police and Fire Departments.

Over the years, the honorees at Public Safety Night have been representatives not only from New Haven Police Officers and Firefighters but also from the Connecticut State Police, the FBI, and the State Judicial System. These individuals were chosen because of their diligent devotion to their duty in their particular organizations. The committee has also presented PSN Civilian Awards to individuals whose thoughtfulness and concern have helped Police Officers and Firefighters perform their duties.

In July 1980, after serving on the PSN Committee, John Flynn was selected to serve as the Police co-chairman. He and Donald McCarthy of the NHFD along with long-serving committee members continued to keep PSN a popular club event.

In 1996 both John Flynn and Donald McCarthy stepped down as Co-chairmen and were replaced by Detective Robert Brooks of the NHPD and Lieutenant David Morgan of the NHFD, along with Sergeant Joseph Weber of the Connecticut State Police. In 2002 New Haven Fire Lt’s Seamus Bohan and Brian Jooss joined Bobby Brooks as Co-Chairman when Dave Morgan and Joe Weber stepped down.

Since its inception, PSN has grown in attendance over the years and has become one of the premier special events of the Knights of St. Patrick. The future of this event appears bright through the efforts of the Chairmen, the Committee and the loyal support of those in attendance.

Tickets for the Public Safety night are $40.00 per person which include a buffet dinner and open bar. For more information or tickets contact NHFD Captain Seamus Bohan, 203-996-6748, NHFD FF Pat Cannon, 203-787-2535, or NHPD Sgt. Rich Miller, 860-681-2941.

Update to Durham Fair Location 9am 9/27/18

Tilcon 1605 Durham Road (Rt. 68) Wallingford

Everyone needs to report to the Tilcon parking lot Rt. 68 Wallingford/Durham line (1605 Durham Road Wallingford). Due to all the rain we received the Greenbacker lot is closed. We were reassigned to ONLY the Tilcon parking lot so if you were previously assigned to the high school or any other location you have been reassigned to the Tilcon parking lot.

We are being told all the parking lots run by the fair that are still open will be free. We don’t have a list of those locations.

The times are slightly different:

Friday 9/28/18 7:30am to midnight

Saturday 9/29/18 7:30am to midnight

Sunday 9/30/18 7:30am to 7pm


Call Ryan for more details.

Don’t forget your folding chair. The refreshments and food will be at Tilcon so we will see you there for your free Limited Edition NHPES t-shirt!!

Flying reptiles?

When gators fly….



Here’s an old one but still interesting to say the least. I know pigs can fly…. but alligators?

There are a few things alligators do well: chomping on stuff, looking like dinosaurs, and gliding around in swamps, marshes, and the like. They are not good at flying, however, and as such, should not be tossed carelessly into the drive-thru window at Wendy’s. A Florida man was arrested recently for allegedly attempting to do just such a thing.

While it’s unclear whether he was asking employees to cook up the reptile, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report says the man heaved the gator into a Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach last October, reports WPTV. The suspect was only just taken into custody by U.S. Marshals recently, however.

Officials say the 23-year-old man had pulled up to grab his order, and a server handed him a drink. When the worker turned around, the man allegedly reached into the back of his truck and threw the three-and-a-half foot alligator through the open window, where it landed inside the restaurant.

Law enforcement say the suspect admitted to picking up the alligator by the side of the road and bringing it with him to Wendy’s. The gator was later released into a nearby canal to go about his day, while the customer is facing charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator.

If you want to read some other strange police stories you can click here.

Convicted hackers to cooperate with FBI to close cybercrime investigations


Three American hackers were sentenced this month to include five-year probations, 2,500 hours of community service, an order to pay restitution of $127,000 and the voluntary abandonment of cryptocurrency seized during the investigation.

Cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. Cryptography is the method of storing and transmitting data in a particular form so only those who it is intended for can read and process it. Therefore cryptocurrency is difficult to counterfeit because of this security feature. Cryptocurrency isn’t issued by a central authority rendering it immune to government interference. You can read more on cryptocurrency here.

Paras Jas, 22, of New Jersey, Josiah White, 21, of Pennsylvania and Dalton Norman, 22, of Louisiana pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act in the creation and operation of malware that infected users’ computers and made them remotely controllable.

The three defendants were responsible for creating the Mirai botnet and were convicted of infecting more than 100,000 computing devices. As part of their sentence they are required to assist the FBI in other cybercrime investigations. You can read the entire press release here.

The Mirai botnet targeted Internet of things (IoT) devices, which is a blanket term for devices (the “bot”) that most people don’t think of as computers, but that still have processing power and an internet connection. These devices can range from home routers to security cameras to baby monitors.

By 2017 there were 8.4 billion of these devices out there on the internet. Mirai took over these devices by finding an open internet connection and then attempted to log into the device by using 61 username/password combinations that are frequently used as a factory default and never changed. This botnet had taken over 100,000 devices. Once Mirai took over a device it looked for other malware on that device and wiped it out so it could claim it. They launched Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks using these bots. A DDoS attack is when the perpetrator attempts to make a network unavailable to its users by flooding the targeted service with too many requests for the service to handle all at once. You can read more on the Mirai botnet here.

Jas, White and Norman have already provided assistance “that substantially contributed to active complex cybercrime investigations,” according to court documents. They will be required to continue to assist in defensive efforts and cooperate in research studies.

Band donate $95,000 to families of fallen Police Officers

Five Finger Death Punch donates to police charity


In September the metal band Five Finger Death Punch donated $95,000 of concert proceeds to support families of fallen police officers.

The band announced in June that they planned to donate a portion of ticket sales from their upcoming tour to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) an organization that supports families of officers who have died in the line of duty.

We’ve had the privilege to work with veteran and police organizations for years,” Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory said in a statement. “Today, we are making this donation as a token of our respect and gratitude to those who committed to protect and serve, to those who signed up to bravely hold that thin blue line between ‘civilization as we know it’ and ‘lawless savagery and chaos’. Unfortunately, every 58 hours a police officer who believes in something sacrifices everything and dies in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) helps and benefits the families of our fallen heroes in blue” according to the website You can read the entire article by clicking here.

The article goes on to say “C.O.P.S. is grateful to be the recipient of such a generous donation from Five Finger Death Punch,” added C.O.P.S. executive director Dianne Bernhard. “We not only appreciate their amazing musical talent, but their support for surviving families and co-workers of America’s law enforcement truly sets them apart. Thank you on behalf of over 47,000 survivors!”

What a great show of support for the Police community and the families of the true heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.