Haverhill is mourning the loss of Haverhill Firefighter Lt. Jeffrey R. King, who passed away unexpectedly Wednesday at the age of 32.
He died on his eighth anniversary as a Haverhill firefighter.
In a social media post, Haverhill Fire Department Local 1011 called King “an asset to the Haverhill Fire Department and to Local 1011 throughout his service here, as we are certain that he has been everywhere that he has served.”
Visiting Hours are Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2-6 p.m., at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Route 62), Wilmington. His funeral is Monday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m., from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10. Interment will be private.
Detectives with the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office were investigating the cause of a deadly apartment fire in Lawrence on Thursday.
The fire was reported Thursday afternoon in an apartment at the corner of East Pleasant Street and Saxonia Avenue in Lawrence. Fire officials said the man who was killed in the fire was a father who was staying with one of his children. The victim's family said he was in his 70s.
Multiple people at the scene told WCVB they tried getting into his apartment to save him, but the flames were too strong.
"That fire grew so fast," Alexis Peralta said. "It was just nothing but orange."
Firefighters contained the blaze to just the first floor of the home, where they found the victim. “I try not to get emotional about it, because it’s my job, but it is extremely tough for the family," Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said.
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Two 14-year-old boys are expected to be okay after being rescued from the Taunton River by three good Samaritans and four Taunton Police officers after the boys had fallen through the ice Thursday.
According to a joint release by the Taunton police and fire departments, at approximately 2 p.m. this afternoon, Taunton resident Kevin Boss, age 54, was driving in the area of County Street and Ingell Street when he noticed two boys that were in the Taunton River. One of the boys was trying to swim to shore while the other was struggling to stay afloat. Boss pulled over and grabbed a rope from this vehicle. Simultaneously, two Taunton School Department employees, Assistant Storekeeper Nick DaCosta and Community Facilitator Lynne Farina, also saw the boys and both pulled their vehicles over to help.
Buried deep in the Oak Bluffs annual town report is a line item called the ambulance reserve fund. For much of the past decade, the fund has held hundreds of thousands of dollars for the town, allowing it to purchase and equip fire and EMS thanks to substantial revenue, most of it generated by crucial off-Island ambulance runs.
Oak Bluffs ambulance finances have come under scrutiny in recent weeks, as news came to light that the FBI has opened an investigation into town ambulance billing practices. Some members of the combined fire and EMS department were subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury this past Monday. Town leaders have said they are conducting their own internal audit of the department’s finances.
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Hyannis Firefighters had an unusual rescue Thursday morning on Bacon Terrace. The department tells Cape Wide News that today’s technical rescue involved patience, as the crew worked to free a cat trapped in a void space of a wall.
The owners had attempted to lure the cat from the space but quickly noticed after many attempts that she was unable to turn around in the approximately 5-6” void space, and called for assistance.
Under most circumstances a cat that goes into a void space will eventually make its way out on its own, but was not able to in this instance.
After making observation points, and the cat's increased anxiety, it had started working its way up the void. It was determined due to the many larger dimensional lumber in immediate area, an opening in the Drywall in the adjacent apartment was most appropriate without causing excessive damage.