Heads held high after fire parade wins Marching in the Bridgewater Country Fair parade was a little more\u00a0special this year for two Shelton fire companies who came home with three\u00a0trophies. Huntington Fire Company #3 won \u201cBest Appearing Rescue\u201d for its new rescue truck,\u00a0and the White Hills Fire Company #5 brought home trophies for \u201cBest Appearing\u00a0Fire Company in Coats\u201d and \u201cBest Appearing Aerial\u201d for its new aerial fire truck. \u201cWe\u2019re happy to keep up the tradition of winning awards,\u201d said Jason Mitchell, first\u00a0lieutenant with the Huntington Fire Company. Winning the trophy for the rescue truck was satisfying, he said, because in 1987, the\u00a0company won the overall state championship for its then brand new rescue truck. To get ready for this year\u2019s Bridgewater Fair parade, Huntington fire company\u00a0members spent up to 40 hours washing and \u201cprepping\u201d the rescue truck. \u201cIt\u2019s a full team effort,\u201d Mitchell said, and 40 members helped to ready the truck for\u00a0the parade that included five Huntington marchers. \u201cWe all do it because of the camaraderie,\u201d he said. The entire Huntington company\u00a0mobilized to prepare the truck for the parade, and those participating in the parade\u00a0reconnected with firefighters from other towns. \u201cThe guys take a lot of pride in our apparatus,\u201d said Second Lt. Don Zak, and the\u00a0company has won first place honors for the new rescue truck in three other parades\u00a0this year, including Bethany, Oxford Center and Beacon Falls. Increased participation White Hills First Lt. Kevin McCue said the 23 fire company members that marched in\u00a0the Bridgewater parade represented the largest number he\u2019s seen in the four years\u00a0he\u2019s been involved with the parade. Four years ago, White Hills was represented by \u201cthree or four guys and one truck,\u201d\u00a0McCue said. This year\u2019s large number of marchers was \u201cimpressive,\u201d he said, and he credits it to\u00a0membership involvement. \u201cWe\u2019ve been getting a lot of active guys,\u201d he said. Winning the trophies \u201cfelt pretty good,\u201d McCue said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been going there for a\u00a0couple of years and hadn\u2019t won anything. We\u2019re proud of our new ladder truck.\u201d Shelton Fire Chief Fran Jones said the city\u2019s fire equipment is \u201ckept in tip-top\u00a0condition. It shows the dedication members have to the fire department and to the\u00a0City of Shelton.\u201d Fire company members spend hours and hours detailing the fire trucks, he said. All Shelton fire companies have taken home trophies over the years during the\u00a0parade season, Jones said. The season includes about 15 parades sponsored by the\u00a0Connecticut State Firefighters Association. The Bridgewater Country Fair Parade features area volunteer fire companies from\u00a0Connecticut and New York. \u201cIt was a great parade and a great country fair,\u201d Mitchell said. The Huntington company is gearing up for the CT State Firefighters Convention\u00a0parade to take place September 20 in Beacon Falls. \u201cWe\u2019re going for that Number 1 spot,\u201d Zak said.