Selectmen this week heard requests on renovations for the fire station, the need for a new library and the final proposed school budget. Fire Chief Gary Silvia discussed much-needed investments for two of the three fire stations. Station 1's truck entrances are too small for most fire trucks and ambulances to enter, he added. The station was built in the 1940s and emergency vehicles were much smaller then.
Selectman Charlie Sullivan confirmed this by saying, “No truck from Freetown can fit into station.”
Because trucks can’t fit through the archway entrances, there are almost never any trucks parked at Station 1, on Elm Street, which can delay any needed fire prevention in that area. Silvia brought up that the only truck that can fit at Station 1 was custom built in 1994 for that station. He stated the truck is antiquated.
Taunton Daily Gazette
Few finishers Sunday at the Run for the Troops 5K drew stronger cheers — or more fascination — than Greg Cinelli.
The Haverhill resident ran the race in his full Saugus Fire Department uniform, including jacket, helmet, and full air tank on his back.
“I am a combat veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan and I wanted to run in my gear for my brothers and sisters who are dealing with physical and mental injures from war and can’t run on days like this,” said Cinelli, who finished in 28:56, 94th in the 40-49 age division.
“I also ran for the first responders who are serving today and protecting our communities and can’t be here to run.”
It was a busy weekend for Cinelli.
On Saturday, the Melrose native competed in the New York Spring International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship.
“I won the Jiu-Jitsu tournament and didn’t get home until 2 a.m.,” he said. “Then I got up this morning and threw on my gear. I’m a little bruised, but I’m not broken. I got so much support from the veterans here.”
Lawrence Eagle Tribune
A Malden home was destroyed by fire earlier this week, but the residents all got out safely thanks to a pair of police officers who saw the smoke from several blocks away.
Eighty-Six-year-old Midge Hammersley was inside with her daughter, grandson and great-granddaughter at the time.
“My daughter come up the stairs and she said ma get out there’s a fire,” Hammersley said. One of the police officers, a rookie, helped pull the octogenarian to safety.
“She said we have to get out because there’s a fire and we have to get out now,” Hammersley said. As she grabbed her coat and pocketbook, her 86-year-old husband Arnie, a retired Malden firefighter, was just coming back from the store and saw the fire.
“I was so excited, I seen the house and it was mine. It was awful,” he said. “They were all out, but I didn’t know that.”
The couple, married 61 years was reunited and everyone got out safely.
WFXT-TV Fox 25 Boston
On Sept. 11, 2001, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians were thrust into the war on terrorism.
The attack on New York City alone killed 412 emergency personnel with dozens more dying since 9/11 from health issues related to the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.
Public safety professionals suddenly on the front lines protecting Americans is something Air Force veteran the Rev. Peter Gregory can appreciate.
"Every day, police, fire and EMTs are leaders when they go on calls. We have to honor that courage because they have earned it," he said.
The Catholic priest and chaplain for the Pittsfield Fire Department gave high praise for first responders following Sunday's fourth annual Berkshire County Blue Mass at St. Joseph's Church.
"We're indebted to their courage, friendship and service," said Monsignor Michael Shershanovich at a reception in the church community center.
Children playing with matches sparked a fire that spread from a garbage pile to a three-story apartment house on Central Street late Saturday afternoon.
Residents were forced to evacuate the building at 1007-1011 Central St. around 5:30 p.m. while crews attacked the fire, which was initially thought to have been confined to the garbage pile.
Lowell fire Deputy Chief Mark McGuane said a pair of children, believed to be ages 11 and 8, were using a cardboard box to cook hotdogs while playing house in the backyard.
The box ignited a trash pile on the other side of the fence the apartment building shares with Johnstone Supply, located on Gorham Street.
"Embers got up into the building, so we had to take a lot of the siding off the back," McGuane said. "It turned into a little bit more than kids' play."
Cornell Grinkley, who lives next door, said he noticed the fire when he heard a commotion outside.
"It sounded like a fight," he said.