by Sam Porcello

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(Note: This post was written in the Summer of 2013) After advancing through the Regional competition at Torrington High School in March 2013, I participated in the State History Day competition at Central Connecticut State University on April 27th.  During the interview portion of the state competition, the judges were intrigued by the photo of the two “doctors” loading a patient into an ambulance, and specifically asked about them.

The exhibit was awarded first place, so I will be participating in the National Competition at the University of Maryland in College Park from June 9-13.   In addition, each year at Nationals, one student from each state is nominated to display their exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.  I am honored to have been selected this year, so the story of the Hartford Circus Fire and Aetna Ambulance will be on display at the museum on Wednesday, June 12.

Thank you again.  Please know that I will be thinking of all of you in June when I compete for Connecticut, and am proud to share this part of Hartford history with others.  The story of Aetna Ambulance is remarkable.