Water Witch Hose Co. #2 in New Milford recently celebrated the start of its 153rd year at its annual dinner.

Festivities were held at the Candlewood Inn in Brookfield.

James Ferlow was thanked for his service as fire chief for the past three years and as a line officer for the past nine years.

Ferlow is succeeded by Todd Russell.

David Golembeski was presented the Chief’s Award as the firefighter of the year.

Russell Carlson was recognized for his 50 years of service to the department.

Douglas Brown, Philip Espitee Jr., Kenneth Lillis and Kevin Reynolds were honored for attaining the status of veteran, having completed 25 years of service.