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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Plymouth Fire Station Shut Down Permanently Due To Asbestos

The North Plymouth fire station was ordered to be permanently shut down after town officials said a small amount of asbestos was found in the walls. This is not the first problem the station has had recently. Earlier this month, a structural engineer said the floor wasn’t stable enough to hold equipment. This week, the town said 2% asbestos was found in some plaster, and the station will not re-open. The town is working to notify anyone who worked in the building over the last 10 years so they can be tested for exposure. Plymouth firefighters have also been displaced from headquarters, which shut down for renovations earlier in the fall.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

West Newbury mourns death of retired assistant fire chief

Local firefighters and many in the community are mourning the death of retired Assistant Fire Chief Glenn Coffin, who died Friday at his home at age 78. Coffin served West Newbury for more than 45 years, achieving the second-highest rank in the department after serving as a part-time dispatcher, according to a press release. He was the grandfather of West Newbury and Rowley firefighter Cooper Carifio. “We are thankful for Assistant Chief Coffin’s many dedicated years of service to our community,” West Newbury Fire Chief Michael Dwyer said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.” He worked for more than 30 years at Western Electric as a computer programmer. He was passionate about firefighting, Freemasonry and sports of all competitive levels, according to the release.
Newburyport Daily News

Westfield Fire Commission again mulling whether to terminate 3 firefighters

The Fire Commission will meet Thursday to discuss allegations against a trio of firefighters the panel earlier tried unsuccessfully to terminate. Contacted on Tuesday, Westfield Fire Capt. Rebecca Boutin and Firefighters Kyle Miltimore and David Kennedy said the city sent them notices directing them to attend the Thursday meeting. They declined to comment further, on the advice of their lawyer, Maurice M. Cahillane. The meeting agenda, posted Tuesday by the city clerk, says the Fire Commission will “discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health” of unnamed employees. It says the commission will discuss “the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges brought against” them. In 2018 the city took steps to terminate Boutin, Kennedy and Miltimore following an investigation by an outside attorney.
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Red Robin Evacuated In Woburn After Chemical Incident

A Red Robin restaurant in Woburn was evacuated Tuesday after an apparent chemical reaction involving cleaning materials in the kitchen. At least three people were taken to the hospital as a precaution. The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. “Immediately after the reaction occurred, the restaurant’s manager on duty evacuated all Team Members and Guests from the restaurant and called 911,” a spokesperson for Red Robin said in a statement. The three people who were taken to the hospital were employees of the restaurant. All customers were able to get out of the building safely. Woburn firefighters say workers in the kitchen accidentally mixed the chemicals, causing some kind of reaction. “All I do know is that it was a cleaning agent, we don’t have specifics on what particular cleaning agent it was,” Woburn Fire Chief Stephen Adgate said.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Thousands Pay Respects At Funeral For Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard

Thousands of firefighters paid their final respects to fallen Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard at his funeral Monday morning. Menard died Wednesday while saving his crew from a burning home. He was just 39 years old. He leaves behind a wife and three children. Funeral services were at St. John’s Catholic Church on Temple Street in Worcester. A private burial took place at St. John’s Cemetery on Cambridge Street. “After marrying Tina, becoming a father three times, his next best day was becoming a lieutenant,” said Fr. Walter Riley at the funeral. “The sacrifice of Lt. Jason Menard fully answers the question can anything good come from Worcester. Not only is the answer to this question, yes, but his life and his saving actions for fellow firefighters, it takes that yes to its highest form. Because in the words of the good teacher from Nazareth, there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” Riley said.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

Celebrating a hero: See the prayer card and funeral program for Worcester Firefighter Lt. Jason Menard

Mourners gathered Monday to pay final respects to a hero. Worcester Firefighter Lt. Jason Menard died in the line of duty on Nov. 13 while responding to a four-alarm fire on Stockholm Street in Worcester. Officials say Menard led one firefighter back to the stairs and pushed another out a window, saving his life, as the flames engulfed the three-decker home that had become an inferno. The 39-year-old Menard leaves behind a wife, Tina, and their three children. The family was scheduled to leave for a vacation at Disney World on the day Menard was killed. Thousands of firefighters marched from the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel on Plantation Street to St. John’s Church in Worcester Monday to honor Menard.

Swampscott town meeting talks finances, sends fire chief off in style

Town Meeting members approved eight of nine articles regarding town finances on Monday night with relatively little fanfare, but the evening's business was overshadowed by a surprise retirement ceremony for Fire Chief Kevin Breen. Breen was honored by Town Meeting for his 43 years of service to the Swampscott Fire Department, which kicked off with a video featuring remarks from his wife, Leslie, Gov. Charlie Baker and Select Board chairman Peter Spellios, and concluded with a standing ovation from those in attendance. While surrounded by family members, his fellow firefighters and his successor, Capt. Graham Archer, Breen was presented with citations from state Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) and the state senate and was gifted with an engraved chair from the town of Swampscott, which included his years of service from 1976 to 2019.
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4 evacuated homes among 53 affected by Lawrence gas leak, officials say

Dozens of Lawrence residents have been affected by a gas leak, according to city and Columbia Gas officials. Officials said an independent, private contractor struck a marked, low-pressure gas line on Florence Avenue around 11:45 a.m. Monday. Firefighters and utility crews responded to the scene and four nearby buildings were evacuated, according to Columbia Gas. Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said no injuries or fires resulted from the gas leak. Columbia Gas said electricity and gas service was turned off in the affected area, which includes 53 homes, according to Moriarty. Electricity service has been restored but gas service remains shut down at this time. A temporary warming center has been set up at Arlington Middle School, which is at 150 Arlington St. Crews with Columbia Gas are working to fix the damaged line, but repairs were expected to last between and six and 12 hours as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.
WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

Electrical malfunction blamed on Springfield fire

An electrical malfunction is eyed as the cause of an early morning fire at 38 Rutledge Ave. that displaced one tenant, a fire official said. Capt. Brian Tetreault of the Springfield Fire Department said one resident, a 49-year-old man, suffered a minor injury in the fire. Embers landed on his foot while he tried to put out the fire in the ceiling before firefighters arrived. He declined medical care. The fire was confined to the ceiling in the kitchen in the third-floor apartment. The Western Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the third-floor resident. The lower floors were not affected by the fire, and residents on the first and second floors were allowed to remain. The total cost of damage was around $5,000, Tetreault said.
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