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Friday, October 20, 2017

Braintree Firefighter Honored For Saving 3 From Weymouth Fire

Braintree Firefighter Jackie Giacchetti couldn’t have started her career in a more impactful way than the way the did in July. At Tuesday night's town council meeting, Braintree’s newest firefighter was honored with the Firemark Award from Liberty Mutual for her role in rescuing three people from a July fire in Weymouth. While on her way back from an obstacle course test, Giacchetti saw smoke coming from a nail salon on Washington Street in Weymouth. She proceeded to rush into the building, save two people, and an additional person in a nearby home. “If this is any indication of what she’s going to bring to the table, she’s going to have a hell of a career,” Fire Chief James O’Brien said. Mayor Joseph Sullivan called the response an example of the way the community wants their firefighters to respond - thinking of others and stepping up when they need to step up.

Danvers: Thousands sign petition to rename sunflower farm after girl who died unexpectedly

The sudden death of a Danvers toddler has left a family searching for strength and has rocked a fire department to its core. Kayla Rose Caron was just 18 months old when she died. Her father and two of her uncles are firefighters in town. “When I think about what they’re going through it’s tough,” Fire Chief Robert Pyburn said. “This is just like a perfect storm this just doesn’t happen but it did.” One of the girl’s uncles was among the first to arrive on that heartbreaking scene last week. There was no saving her, but thousands of people in the community are hoping to honor her in a very symbolic way. Kayla’s mother had taken her shopping earlier in the day and several days earlier they had been to see the sunflowers at Colby Farm in Newbury.
WFXT-TV Fox 25 Boston

Fire in Orleans apartment complex sends 1 person to hospital

A couch fire late Thursday at Rock Harbor Village left one apartment burned with the resident taken to the hospital with minor injuries due to smoke inhalation, according to Orleans Deputy Fire Chief Geof Deering. No one else was injured, and a dog in the apartment was not harmed, Deering said. The fire department was called to the 5-building complex at 11:10 p.m. where firefighters found the one-bedroom apartment in flames, but they were able to knock out the fire within about 15 minutes, Deering said. All the contents of the apartment were destroyed, he said. A neighbor had helped the resident of the apartment out prior to the fire department arriving, he said.
Cape Cod Times

Somerset firefighters honored

Seven fire department officers with more than 140 years of collective experience were pinned by their wives and fiancé during a widely attended ceremonial dinner Wednesday night at Magoni’s Ferry Landing restaurant. The officers included five captains promoted to newly created positions through negotiations and approved and funded by town meeting voters and the Board of Selectmen to elevate command oversight, along with two promoted lieutenants to fill positions. With more than 100 people in attendance, including a contingency of Somerset police officer brethren in blue, both Fire Chief Scott Jepson and Selectmen Chairman Steven Moniz re-stated what they’ve said publicly that this was a milestone achievement for the fire department and the town. “This is the biggest thing that’s happened in 25 years,” Jepson said.
Fall River Herald News

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Framingham TM approves $5.6 million for Saxonville fire station

It served the town for more than a century, but the old fire station on Watson Place will soon give up its title as the oldest firehouse in Framingham. Town Meeting members voted Wednesday to borrow nearly $5.8 million to construct a new Fire Station 2 in Saxonville, addressing one of the town’s most pressing public safety needs. The project, which has been on the town’s radar for decades, passed by a vote of 108 in favor and only one resident opposed. “This is not a situation that we feel is in the least bit optional ...,” Selectmen Chairwoman Cheryl Tully Stoll said. “This is something that needs to happen. It is a safety issue.”
MetroWest Daily News

17 displaced by fire in 6-family Brockton home

Seventeen people were displaced by a fire that started on the first floor of a six-family home on Wednesday afternoon, the Enterprise reported. The Brockton Fire Department first responded to Blendall Street about 4:21 p.m. for a report of smoke in a home. When firefighters arrived, they learned there was a fire inside the three-story home at 20 Faxon St. “The occupants were alerted by the fire alarm,” said Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Marchetti, a fire investigator for the department. There was heavy smoke coming out of the first floor of the home when firefighters arrived. The fire, which was in the living room of one of the apartments, was extinguished within 20 minutes and was contained to the contents in the room it began in.
WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

Firefighters test their skills during West Tisbury training

The West Tisbury and Oak Bluffs fire departments held a drill on Old County Road in West Tisbury on Monday night. The drill was designed to practice what Lt. Brynn Schaffner calls the West Tisbury Fire Department’s “bread and butter” — water shuttling. “During a large fire, our two engines will be used at the fire scene doing fire attack,” Lt. Schaffner wrote in an email. “So we need another engine to come up to West Tisbury to fill up our tankers from a static water source. Per our mutual aid agreement, Tisbury would be one of the first towns called in to help staff our fire ground personnel. That means they go straight to the scene. We would then call in Oak Bluffs to send up an engine to fill our trucks. And then, [depending on the size of the fire], we would also ask Chilmark and Aquinnah to each send a tanker as well.
Martha's Vineyard Times

Suspected accomplice in Peabody engaged couple’s killing sentenced to 6 years in prison

A man arrested in connection with the February double homicide of an engaged couple in Peabody pleaded guilty to accessory and attempted arson charges in Salem Superior Court on Wednesday. Michael Hebb, 45, was sentenced by Judge Timothy Feeley to no less than six years and no more than seven years in state prison, followed by five years probation after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact of the murder of Jennifer O’Connor, 40, and attempted arson of a dwelling. Hebb has 246 days credited to the imposed sentence. Hebb admitted that he assisted in covering up and attempted to destroy the evidence of the killing of O’Connor, who was found dead with her fiancé, Mark Greenlaw, 37, in a Farm Avenue home on Feb. 19.
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5 displaced after Danvers mobile home fire

Two adults and three children were left homeless Tuesday afternoon after a space heater sparked a fire that gutted the inside of their mobile home at 466 Newbury St., fire officials said. The home in the Skyview Trailer Park on Route 1, not far from the Topsfield line, was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries to firefighters, said fire Chief Robert Pyburn. The trailer park sits behind the 466 Restaurant. The call came in at 2:31 p.m. from a neighbor who saw smoke and fire coming from the home, Pyburn said, and those were the conditions firefighters arrived to when they went to work. They used 200 gallons from Engine 2 to douse the fire.
Salem News

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