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    LODD 2 Boston firefighters killed

    Thursday, August 30, 2007
    2 Boston firefighters killed, 2 others critical
    Boston Firefighters Local 718
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    http://www.bostonfirelocal718.org/

    By MELISSA TRUJILLO
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    LODD Boston Firefighter Paul Cahill

    Boston Firefighter Paul Cahill

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    Funeral Information

    A Public viewing for Firefighter Paul J. Cahill Engine Co.30 will be held Wednesday September 5 th at the Holy Name Church 1689 Center Street West Roxbury, Ma. from 12 noon to 6.p.m.

    A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Holy Name Church Thursday September 6 th , at 11 a.m.

    All members attending the funeral are asked to report to Florian Hall staging at 9:30 a.m. Buses will be transporting members to the church and return to Florian for a collation.

    Boston Firefighters Local 718
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    LODD Boston Firefighter Warren Payne

    Boston Firefighter Warren Payne

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    Funeral information.Link below

    Boston Firefighters Local 718
    http://www.bostonfirelocal718.org/

    Funeral Information

    A Public viewing for Firefighter Paul J. Cahill Engine Co.30 will be held Wednesday September 5 th at the Holy Name Church 1689 Center Street West Roxbury, Ma. from 12 noon to 6.p.m.
    A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Holy Name Church Thursday September 6 th , at 11 a.m.

    Viewing for Firefighter Warren J. Payne will be held Friday September 7 at the United House of Prayer for All People, 206 Seaver Street, Dorchester Ma. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Service starts at 11 a.m.

    Parking & staging

    for both funerals will be at the Bayside Expo Center 200 Mt Vernon Street Dorchester, Ma. You can access the Bayside parking off of Rt. 93 south & north take exit 15.

    MBTA buses will transport all members to the church and following the service to Florian Hall for a collation. Buses will be shuttling members from Florian back to Bayside every 30 minutes from the collation.

    Buses will depart Bayside for Thursday's funeral 9:30 a.m.

    Buses will depart Bayside for Friday's funeral 11:00 a.m.

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    Boston Mourners Gather for a Second Time

    Boston Mourners Gather for a Second Time


    Updated: 09-07-2007 12:12:10 PM

    Story by thebostonchannel.com


    BOSTON --

    Thousands of mourners gathered once again for the funeral Friday of one of two Boston firefighters killed battling a restaurant blaze in the city's West Roxbury neighborhood last week.

    The service for Warren Payne, 53, of Canton, Mass., is being held at the United House of Prayer for All People at 11 a.m. in the city's Dorchester neighborhood, where Payne grew up.

    Mourning firefighters could be seen in tears, embracing inside the church as those paying their respects filed into the sanctuary on Seaver Street.

    As services began, Payne was honored for his bravery and selflessness.

    "Today we are here to celebrate the life of a fall hero, Warren J. Payne. I am in awe of the duties of firemen. In my estimation, they are heroes. They give of themselves unconditionally. These individuals, when most are running from fires, they are running to fires. What I like about it is, it doesn't matter where you come from, their only goal is to save a life. And Warren did that. He gave a service. He gave his life for mankind," Apostle C.D. Baptist, the pastor of the United House of Prayer said.

    The ministers who concelebrated the service said they had gathered not so much to mourn Payne's loss as to celebrate his life of service.

    "Why can't we be spiritual firefighters, willing to go, whatever the cause may be?" prayed Apostle C. Polk, the church's New Bedford pastor. "Father, we ask that brother Warren will continue to be an example for all of us."

    Payne was the son of Florence R. Payne and Izza Booker and was a graduate of Brighton High School. He joined the Boston Fire Department in 1988 after working at Massachusetts General Hospital. He worked at the West Roxbury fire station his entire career.

    According to his obituary, on the night of his death Payne was not scheduled to work but had come in to cover the shift of a fellow firefighter who needed the time off to take emergency medical training.

    Some mourners outside the church said they did not know Payne personally, but wanted to come to pay their respects because of his heroism.

    "I heard about him as a firefighter ... for me he's like a personal brother because he's out here doing the job we should all be appreciating ... after all, they do lay their life on the line," mourner John Kirkland said.

    "It's sad because he's like part of the family," another woman said, explaining why she had come to the service.

    Payne leaves behind two sons, Jonathan, 16, and Jeremy, 15, both of Newton, and his longtime companion Patricia Hackett. He will be buried in the firefighters' plot at Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston.

    Payne and Paul Cahill, 55, of Scituate, Mass., were killed Aug. 29 when they answered a call for a fire at the Tai-Ho chinese restaurant on Centre Street.

    Officials said the blaze had been smoldering in a drop ceiling space for at least an hour before it was noticed. Investigators said it was likely a vicious backdraft killed the two firefighters.

    A funeral Mass was held for Cahill at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Roxbury Thursday with an estimated 30,000 firefighters from all over the world in attendance.
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    An unidentified firefighter holds his hat in his hand with a program and photo of fallen Boston firefighter Warren Payne

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    Thousands Mourn Fallen Boston Firefighter

    Thousands Mourn Fallen Boston Firefighter


    Updated: 09-06-2007 02:53:34 PM


    JAMY POMBO
    Story by www.thebostonchannel.com

    BOSTON --

    The sounds of drums and bagpipes filled the air as family, friends and thousands of firefighters from across the country gathered to honor the life of one of two Boston firefighters killed while battling a West Roxbury restaurant fire last week.

    Engine 30 carried the body of Paul J. Cahill, 55, past his firehouse to Holy Name Church in West Roxbury, as firefighters saluted the fallen hero's flag-draped coffin.

    More than 30,000 firefighters from the U.S. and Canada came together to bid farewell to Cahill and fellow firefighter Warren Payne, who also perished in the restaurant fire.

    Cahill's wife of 34 years, Anne, and their children led a procession of mourners into the church, where a Catholic Mass and memorial service were held. A firefighter carried Cahill's helmet into the church, and his boots were placed facing backward, signifying that the firefighter has answered his last alarm.

    "There is an absence of words to describe the love I have for my father. It??s not due to lack of vocabulary, they just don??t exist. I could always rely on him for reassurance that the sun would rise regardless of how terrible the day has been. I consider this just a dark day, but to my joy, and I am sure to his, I can see the sun has already begun to break through," said Cahill's son, Adam Cahill.

    "Pain is all too often a part of the life of firefighters and their families, and we always struggle through it," the Rev. Dan Mahoney said during the homily. "The line of those who mourn goes from firehouse to firehouse, from coast to coast across America, and this morning to Canada and to Dublin, Ireland; that is apparent here today."

    Edward Kelly, president of Boston Firefighters Local 718, shared some memories of his colleague and Cahill had an impact on everyone he met.

    "Paul and Warren died as servants to this neighborhood and the entire city of Boston," Kelly said. "In as much as they are terribly missed, they are happily remembered. As we continue to mourn their deaths, we hold onto the many reasons we celebrate their lives."

    Kelly spoke about the dinner the firefighters shared the night of the deadly fire. Cahill had just returned from a family vacation in Maine and was expected to rejoin his family after his shift.

    "Paul was a good man, a kind man, always smiling and telling funny stories. He took great pleasure in making people laugh. It was impossible not to like him," Kelly said. "Paul was describing the island up in Maine that he pronounced five different ways. Because he said it so many ways, none of us knew where he had been. Paul was looking forward to heading back to Maine that next morning."

    Cahill was awarded the International Association of Firefighters Medal of Honor. The medal has been given to 1,386 firefighters killed in the line of duty since its inception in 1990. As a final tribute, Engine 30 firefighter Peter Starkey ran a firefighter's bell to represent Cahill's final journey. He is being laid to rest at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain.

    "Today, firefighters from across the nation and around the world will be paying tribute to our lost brothers. It seems like yesterday when 30,000 firefighters came to Worcester to pay their respects to our lost brothers," said Frank Raffa, president of the Worcester Firefighters Local 1009 Union. His city lost six firefighters in a warehouse fire in 1999.

    Raffa said that Cahill and Payne spent two weeks in Worcester supporting the city's department after the warehouse fire.

    Cahill, of Scituate, and Payne, of Canton, were killed last Wednesday in the fire at the Tai Ho Chinese restaurant. The West Roxbury Fire Fund has been established for the Cahill and Payne families at the Boston Firefighters Credit Union.

    Funeral services for Payne will be held Friday at United House of Prayer for All People in Dorchester.



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    A casket carrying the body of Boston firefighter Paul Cahill his lifted off a fire truck in front of Holy Name Catholic Church in Boston.

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