2016 Honoree



Living at the Fredsall homestead his first two years in Torringford, he moved to Harwinton in 1953. He has lived in the same North Road home ever since. He and his wife Cindy have two children, Kirsten Piechotta and Angela Bronn. They also have two grandchildren, Molly and Logan Piechotta.

John is a graduate of Wamogo High school where he studied Agricultural Mechanics. After being accepted at Uconn, he decided it would be best for him to join the working world. He has worked at Grunder’s Farm Equipment, Ruwet & Sibley Supply and Paul Trudeau & Sons in Bantam. He and his brother David then went into business together forming JODA Excavation, a company he was with for about 30 years.

In 2002 he was hired as Highway supervisor for the Town of Harwinton. He continues in that position today.

John's contributions to Harwinton began with being an active volunteer firefighter in 1970. He has held just about every office in the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department including his current position of 20 years as its Chief.

He has served on a number of town Committees including the Recreation Field Building Committee; the Ambulance Building Committee and the town’s 275th Anniversary Committee.

When asked about being chosen as this year’s honoree, Mr. Fredsall commented, “I really don’t know what to say, I feel very humbled, but happy to have been selected. It’s nice to know that people have appreciated what you have done for the community.”

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