Firefighters around Massachusetts honor veteran battling ALS with helmet tribute

  • Source: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston
  • Published: 11/15/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Dale Melanson wasn't ready to leave the Plymouth Fire Department when a devastating diagnosis of ALS forced him to retire earlier this year. But, part of him did stay - his helmet. Now, it's traveling from department to department across Massachusetts. This week, Braintree firefighters delivered it to the Quincy Fire Department where it rode in the fire truck, even responding to calls. It's been to 27 fire departments so far. At each one, members sign the helmet and make a donation toward Melanson's medical bills. It's an emotional show of support and a way to raise awareness of ALS - a neurological disease that slowly takes away a person's strength and ability to move and speak. "The fire service is a true brother and sisterhood and when we know someone is down and especially in circumstances like this, we want to be there for them in any way we can," said Braintree Fire Lt. Fredrick Viola.



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