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    LODD 2004-01-06 Worcester Fire Lt. Richard W. Halvorsen

    2004-01-06 Worcester Fire Lt. Richard W. Halvorsen

    Lt. Richard W. Halvorsen Worcester Fire Dept.
    Friday, January 9, 2004

    Richard W. Halvorsen, 50


    WEST BOYLSTON- Lieutenant Richard W. Halvorsen, 50, loving husband and father of 10 Lee St. passed away Tues., Jan. 6th in the University of Massachusetts Hospital after being stricken ill. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Michelle (Zarozny) Halvorsen, a son, Keith R., two daughters, Erica M. and Lisa M. Halvorsen all at home, a brother, Retired Worc. Fire LT. David Halvorsen of Worcester, a sister, Deborah Ramos of Assonet, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in Worcester, his parents were Norman and Teresa (Cannon) Halvorsen. He graduated from St. Peters High, earned his Associates Degree in Fire Science from Quinsigamond Community College and his Bachelor's Degree from Anna Maria College. He has lived in West Boylston many years. Richard was a 26-year Fire Fighter for the City of Worcester joining the department in 1977, serving on Engine 4 on Winslow St., and Rescue 1 in Central Division. He then served as Lieutenant of Engine 1, Ladder 2 and was presently assigned Ladder 1 at Headquarters. An active member of the Worcester Fire Fighter Local 1009, he served as Vice President and Executive Board member. He was also a delegate to both monthly meetings and bi-annual conventions of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts. He was a member of the Worcester Fire Relief Association and a bagpiper and co-founding member of the Worcester Fire Brigade Pipe & Drum Corp. He enjoyed sports, baking and his family.

    The funeral will be held Sat., Jan.10th from the MERCADANTE FUNEAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. with a Mass at 10 a.m in St. George Church, 38 Brattle St. Burial will follow in Worc. County Memorial Park in Paxton. Calling hrs. are 4 to 8 p.m Fri., Jan. 9th. Memorial contributions may be made to the Worcester Fire Fighters Union Local 1009 Scholarship Fund, 625 Chandler St., Worcester.

    ARRANGEMENTS
    Calling Hours: 01/09/04
    4-8 p.m.
    at the funeral home
    Date of Funeral: 01/10/04
    Funeral Home: Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel
    370 Plantation St.
    Location: Mass in St. George Church, 38 Brattle St.
    Time: 10 a.m.


    Pray for our brother Rich and his family.

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    Firefighters to mourn Lt. Halvorsen

    Saturday, January 10, 2004

    Firefighters to mourn Lt. Halvorsen

    By Edward J. Canty
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    WORCESTER- Firefighters from throughout the state are expected here today to attend the funeral of Worcester Fire Lt. Richard W. Halvorsen, who died Tuesday in UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus after being stricken ill.

    Officials said traffic around St. George Church, 38 Brattle St., may be disrupted for a short time for the 10 a.m. funeral.

    Last night, Lt. Halvorsen, a 26-year veteran of the Fire Department, was remembered as a "dedicated firefighter and a man you never forget" by Fire Chief Gerard Dio and Firefighter Frank P. Raffa, president of Worcester Firefighters Local 1009.

    Chief Dio said Lt. Halvorsen was one of the first people to welcome him to Central Division 24 years ago.

    "He was on Rescue 1, and I was assigned to an Engine company - my first day on a firetruck," Chief Dio recalled. "He quickly became a good friend."

    Chief Dio said Lt. Halvorsen came from a family of firefighters. His father, uncle, older brother and nephew answered the call.

    Firefighter Raffa met Lt. Halvorsen in 1980 when he transferred to the Rescue Squad. It was a busy time for both men, Firefighter Raffa recalled, sometimes fighting two to three fires a night.

    Both also were interested in union activities.

    "We both cut our teeth in union politics together," he recalled.

    Chief Dio said the lieutenant was a big man who had an imposing stature when he entered a room. He lifted weights. The lieutenant also loved baking.

    "His forte was cooking, and the guys would sit around the kitchen table waiting for the Swedish bread he created," the union president said.

    Lt. Halvorsen was a co-founding member of the Worcester Fire Brigade Pipe & Drum Corps. As an accomplished bagpiper, Chief Dio said, Lt. Halvorsen played frequently at events throughout the state, sometimes at the request of the state fire marshal.

    "We are going to miss him every day," Mr. Raffa said. "He was a team player and a nice guy. When he walked into a room, the whole room lit up."

    At 15, Halvorsen survived a cabin fire on Indian Hill on Dec. 29, 1968, that killed five of his Burncoat Senior High School classmates.

    He joined the Fire Department in 1977, serving on Engine 4 on Winslow Street and Rescue 1 in Central Division. He then served as lieutenant of Engine 1 Ladder 2 and, at the time of his death, was assigned to Ladder 1 at headquarters.

    Lt. Halvorsen, 50, lived at 10 Lee St., West Boylston. He leaves his wife, Michelle, a son, Keith R. Halvorsen, and two daughters, Erica M. and Lisa M. Halvorsen, all at home.


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    Brother Rich at the pipes..

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    Police to battle fire squad

    Saturday, January 24, 2004

    Police to battle fire squad

    Seasoned players on hockey rosters

    Chris Echegaray
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    WORCESTER- Its billing - the Guns and Hoses hockey game - would probably have Axl Rose, the lead singer for the rock group Guns N' Roses, chuckling.

    The Police Department will face off against the Fire Department in the second annual Guns and Hoses hockey game at 5:05 p.m. today at Worcester Centrum Centre. Right after, the IceCats and Providence Bruins match up at 7:05 p.m.

    The hockey game is a friendly competition between the Police and Fire departments. The public safety departments usually hold fund-raisers through competition.

    The Police Department's roster is sprinkled with experienced players, including Sgt. Paul Ohman, who was drafted by the Boston Bruins, and Lt. Richard Bates, whose father was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens.

    Other players include Detective Francis X. Bartley, who will play right wing; Sgts. Joseph Scampini and Timothy Walsh, who will play center; Officers Walter Duffy, Michael Gervais and Greg Joinville on defense; and Officer Jay Magarian, a left-winger.

    The Fire Department's roster also has some notable figures. Fire Chief Gerard A. Dio said that Firefighter Richard Roy is Worcester's answer to Lyndon Byers, who was known to be an enforcer.

    Fire Lt. Thomas White, who was on the Worcester State College team that won the ECAC Championship in 1974, will lace up the skates. He is the coach for the 9-and-1 Worcester high schools team.

    Firefighter Steve Ricciardi, whose brother J.P. Ricciardi is the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, is also playing. Chief Dio jokingly said that Firefighter Ricciardi is the only member of the team to have a sandwich named after him: Little Italian.

    Goalie Jack Nicholson, who is not a firefighter and not to be confused with the actor, played at Boston College and had a contract with the Worcester IceCats. Both teams are allowed to have goalies who are not public safety officers.

    Last year, the Police Department beat the Fire Department 4-2.

    Yesterday, Police Chief Gerald J. Vizzo and Chief Dio were on the radio talking about the event.

    To kick off the IceCats game, family members of police Officer Joseph Petty and Fire Lt. Richard W. Halvorsen will drop the puck on the ice. Both public safety officers died recently, Lt. Halvorson after being stricken ill and Officer Petty after a battle with cancer.

    At 7 p.m., after the Guns and Hoses game and before the IceCats game, a ceremony will be held for the Worcester Firefighters Memorial Park. The Worcester Firefighters Safety and Survival Seminar is donating $25,000 to the Worcester Firefighters Memorial Park.

    Worcester Fire Lts. John A. Daly and Andrew White, who founded the safety and survival seminar, will present a ceremonial check to Michael J. Donoghue, chairman of the Worcester Firefighters Memorial Committee.

    Lts. Daly and White began the seminar soon after six firefighters perished in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire in December 1999.

    In its five years of existence, the seminar has donated more than $100,000 to the Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial Park. It has also donated safety equipment to the Fire Department.

    "This is greatly appreciated," Chief Dio said. "They are a good bunch of guys. When they put on the three-day seminar, they have 150 volunteers, on their own time, putting this on. They help other departments, so nobody else has a tragedy."

    The Firefighters Memorial Committee began its work in late 2001 to establish a memorial to honor Firefighters Paul A. Brotherton, Jeremiah M. Lucey and Joseph T. McGuirk and Lts. Thomas E. Spencer, Timothy P. Jackson and James F. Lyons III, who died in the 1999 fire.

    The committee is holding a two-stage open national competition to determine the design for the memorial. Architects, designers and environmental artists nationwide will submit proposals for the memorial.

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