The following is a press release from the Greater New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade Ball Committee.
North Haven resident Brian Jooss will receive the Cornelius Driscoll award for
outstanding public service from the St. Patrick's Day Parade Ball Committee on
With this award the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee recognizes New Haven’s first emigrant Mayor, Cornelius Driscoll who served from 1899 to 1901.
He was also a founder and original incorporator of the Knights of Columbus and was a graduate of Yale University.
After the being the third generation of his family to attend St. Francis Grammar School in Fair Haven, Brian graduated from North Haven High School.
Growing up the son of a New Haven Firefighter, his interest in the fire service quickly grew to a passion and he pursued a career in the New Haven Fire Department where he is currently acting Battalion Chief, a position he has held since August 2011.
A proud Irish American, Brian comes from a long line of public servants whose roots in the New Haven community date back prior to the civil war. Brian is an active member of the Knights of St. Patrick and has served on their Public Safety Night Committee for 17 years and has been co-chair for the last 10 years.
Brian resides in North Haven with his wife Laura (Smith) and their three children — daughter Riley and twin boys, Brian and Brendan.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ball is Saturday, March 2, 2013. Anyone who would like to attend, please contact Mrs. Anne Hines, 203 488-4902. (Black tie optional)