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Friday, July 30, 2021

Boston Fire focusing on mental health, well-being in ranks

VIDEO: When tragedy or disasters strike, first responders rush to the scene — often putting their own lives in danger. Now there's a renewed focus in Boston to make sure that when emergency personnel head home, the traumatic images they witness on the job don't have dangerous or potentially deadly impacts on their mental well-being. “We have this hero kind of persona, the stigma is still real,” Boston Fire Lt. Sheila Leahy said. Leahy is a peer supporter in the Boston Fire Department who is often tasked with starting a conversation with members who may not willingly admit they're struggling. “If you're used to being the person who's always the helper to other people, it's very hard to reach out and say, ‘Hey I need help,’” Leahy said.
WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

Police: Fall River man set Somerset garage on fire

A Fall River man is facing a series of charges after he allegedly set fire to a detached garage in Somerset Wednesday afternoon, according to police. Interim Somerset Police Chief Todd Costa said Jason Gibson, 31, intentionally set the Fairview Avenue garage on fire. Costa said firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames, though one of them suffered minor injuries. An investigation into the fire, which was deemed suspicious, led police to Gibson who was taken into custody later that day. Gibson is charged with burning of a building, breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and malicious destruction of property over $1,500. He was ordered held without bail during his arraignment Thursday.
WPRI-TV CBS 12 New Bedford

Boston firefighter to be honored, 93 years after dying in the line of duty

Boston Fire Lieutenant John M. McLaughlin inhaled too much smoke and dust while fighting a fire in South Boston on Jan. 16, 1928. He never recovered, and died 16 days later. On Monday a ceremony will be held to acknowledge the sacrifice McLaughlin made for the city, and his photo will be added to the Memorial Hall at the Boston Fire Department’s headquarters. Boston Fire Commissioner John Dempsey said McLaughlin was the 84th member of the Boston Fire Department to die in the line of duty, and the recognition is long overdue. “We have a Memorial Hall which honors all our members who died in the line of duty. Somehow his photo was never put up there,” said Dempsey. “His family has been trying to resolve this for some time now.” Dempsey said that McLaughlin’s photo will be going up “where it belongs.”
Boston Globe - Metered Site

Dog killed in Pittsfield house fire

A family dog was killed in a house fire on South Atlantic Street in Pittsfield Thursday afternoon. Historic home in Amherst reached its new location The Pittsfield Fire Department said no civilians or firefighters were injured. Police officers were at a neighboring house when they noticed the heavy fire at 16 Atlantic Street just after 12:30 p.m. Fire crews arrived shortly and found the structure, a 2 ½ story wooded frame home, in flames, the heaviest coming from the first-floor kitchen area which extended to other rooms in the home. The fire has since been extinguished, it caused up to $50,000 in damage. The local Salvation Army and Red Cross are assisting the family.
WWLP-TV NBC 22 Springfield

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Firework Thrown From Car Sparks Fire In Franklin; Police Search For Driver

VIDEO: Franklin Police are searching for a driver who is throwing fireworks from a moving car. Video captured one of the incidents on East Street on July 3. “When you’re dealing with fireworks, which are explosives, there can be unintended consequences,” Franklin Police Sgt. Brian Johnson said. Police say someone threw a firework from a dark colored Toyota Corolla and it exploded under a car sitting in a driveway. It caused a fire that destroyed the vehicle. “As that firework ignites it shoots up a driveway and it catches the vehicle that’s in the driveway just right, you couldn’t duplicate it if you tried,” Sgt. Johnson said. “It ends up catching the vehicle on fire. The vehicle burns to the ground.” Investigators say it could have been much worse.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

First Adams Street Fair Dedicated to First Responders

A street fair will be held in the Visitors Center parking lot on Sunday, Aug. 15, from noon to 7 p.m. The new event is designed to honor Adams first-responders with all proceeds from vendor fees going toward them.. "We feel as though they do so much for us and no one really gives back to them," Chairman of the Adams Street Fair Committee Joe Martin said. "This is our way of thanking them." Martin said there will be food, games, music, and vendors. Vendors interested should contact Martin at 413-212-095. He said first-responders can use the proceeds in whichever way they want. "I know the Police Department likes to give scholarships and the Fire Department needs equipment," he said. "And they deserve it because they were out there during this whole COVID thing risking their lives and their family's lives."

2 Paddleboarders Rescued After Being Trapped Off Scituate Coast During Storm

It didn't take long for the 911 calls to start coming in Tuesday evening in Scituate, Massachusetts, a place known for its wild weather, as a powerful storm was moving through the area. "It came in quick, the winds whipped up, we had almost zero visibility, two to four foot seas, lightning," Scituate Fire Chief John Murphy said. "Very difficult conditions to navigate through on a good day in this area." Just before 8 p.m., a caller reported a boat in distress and a missing diver in North Scituate near Minot Beach. By the time police, firefighters and the harbormaster could get there, the diver has been found safe. Then, another 911 call, this one for a paddleboarder who was in distress, her friend missing. "The dispatcher did an amazing job of trying to keep her calm in really a frantic situation and relay that information to our officers on the boat and start to vector them into her location," Scituate Police Chief Mark Thompson said.
WBTS-TV NBC 10 Boston

Surprise Squad honors Westfield boy who helped save family from fire

We have an update on a Westfield family that lost all, but each other in an overnight fire and the young man credited with getting everyone out. At just 11 years old, David Masso sprung into action as the flames spread. When the Western Mass News Surprise Squad and the Hyundai Dealers of Western Massachusetts learned of his actions and loss, we knew we had to pay him a visit. February 4 was a typical weeknight for the Masso family. “I came home from work, took a shower, didn't smell anything,” said Miriam Masso. However, shortly after midnight, things took a drastic turn when Miriam Masso was awoken by a faint alarm. “…Then I heard a crash. I went to see if the dog got out of the cage…the ceiling fan was on the ground and the ceiling was engulfed in flames,” Masso explained.
WGGB-TV ABC 40 Springfield

Springfield firefighters assist after car accident in parking lot

PHOTOS: The Springfield Fire Department assisted in getting a person out of a vehicle after a car accident near Walnut Street Thursday morning. According to the Springfield Fire Department, a car accident occurred in a parking lot off of Walnut Street. Photos shared by the fire department show a vehicle on top of the hood of another vehicle. Firefighters has to help get a person out of the vehicle. No word on any injuries at this time.
WWLP-TV NBC 22 Springfield

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