The Staff

Pete Callan

Pete CallanFounder & Owner

Pete Callan is the owner and operator of RTI. Starting in 2008/9 with repairing Poly-Carbonate helmets. Pete then branched out into leathers servicing the local CT area, where leather services quickly came into demand. RagTop operated out of Pete's home until 2015, where they then expanded into their Woodbridge facility. RagTop now encompasses the 2nd level of a commercial facility covering 750 sqft. 

Pete Started his fire service career in 1999 as a volunteer with the Dunbar Hill Fire Department in Hamden, CT. In 2003 he joined the United States Air Force as a Firefighter, continuing after his 4 years Active Duty into the Connecticut Air National Guard until 2014. Pete Served 3 tours in the Middle East, 2005 in Kirkuk, Iraq with the 506th AEG, 2006 & 2009 in Kuwait with the 386th AEG. 

In 2014 Pete was hired by the City of New Haven, CT and is currently assigned to Rescue Company 1.  

Mike Persico

Mike PersicoShop Manager

Mike started with RagTop in 2015 to help with the growing amount of leathers coming in each month. After a year apprenticing, Mike now ensure's the shop runs 3 days a week to keep up with demand. 

Mike started his Fire Service career in 1987 with the City of New Haven, retiring after 25 years. Mike's assignments included, Engine 4, TAC 2 and he was a founding member of the city's Squad Companies; assigned to Squad Company 1 as the Assigned Driver. 

Mike is an incredibly talented artist, who regularly paints detailed fire service and World War 2 models. You can follow his work on Instagram here: His modeling work is available by commission by contacting Mike at

Ashley Shapiro

Ashley ShapiroRetro Division

Ash is the owner/operator of Capital City Fire Helmets LLC, EST 2010. Mainstream Retro brass, Retro helmet sales….all started with CCFH. In 2020, the decision was made to redirect Capital City and create the Retro Division with Rag Top Industries.

Ash started his fire service career in 2007 with the City of Hartford Fire Department, CT. He is currently assigned to the city’s rescue company.

*Photo courtesy of Pat Dooley/SquadFirePhotos*

Dan Calcagni 

Dan started with RagTop in 2017 and has grown into the role of managing the daily and weekly tasks of the shop. Dan handles emails, order tracking, social media, shipping and receiving parts orders and whatever else gets thrown at him. 

Dan is a Firefighter with the City of Stamford.

If you reach out to us, whether it's by phone, email or social media....chances are you're talking to Dan!