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    2008-03-22 Worcester Fire Lt. Donald M. Quinlan LODD

    Lt. Donald M. Quinlan
    March 22, 2008

    BARRE-Lt. Donald M. Quinlan, 52, of Barre, died Saturday, March 22nd in the Rose Monahan Hospice Home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He leaves his wife Mary (McManus) Quinlan; his daughter, Amanda Kate Quinlan of Hardwick; two sons, Sean Patrick Quinlan and Matthew J. Dansareau both of Barre; daughters, Molly A. Miller of Hardwick and Timaree A. wife of Michael Sparks of Easton, MD; two sisters, Cheryl Sposato of Milford and Kathleen Quinlan of Shrewsbury; his granddaughter, Emma Kathryn Miller and many nephews and nieces. His son, Michael J. Dansareau and a brother David Quinlan predeceased him.

    He was born in Worcester, the son of Donald L. and Pauline (Leonard) Quinlan; and was a graduate of Worcester Boy

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    Firefighters to honor their fallen comrade

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008
    Firefighters to honor their fallen comrade

    Lt. Quinlan dies of injury on duty

    By Scott J. Croteau TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
    scroteau@telegram.com


    WORCESTER— There are traits that are learned and others that are innate. Fire Lt. Donald M. Quinlan had an innate ability to feel something about to happen, friend and fellow Rescue 1 Firefighter Daniel Toomey remembers.

    “He could just see something coming. He’d know beforehand that something would happen,” Firefighter Toomey said. “Sometimes he would say hit the deck and a fireball would go overhead.”

    Now the firefighter who grew up learning the trade from Lt. Quinlan will be in the mass of firefighters honoring their fallen brother in a line-of-duty death ceremony tomorrow.


    Lt. Quinlan, 52, of Barre, died Saturday in the Rose Monahan Hospice Home. The 30-year veteran who was appointed to the Fire Department in October 1978 and promoted to lieutenant on April 1, 1984, died from complications after he suffered a broken ankle on duty.

    Firefighter Frank P. Raffa, president of Local 1009 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, said Lt. Quinlan was fighting a one-alarm fire on New Year’s Eve 2007 on Oswalt Street when he broke his ankle after slipping on some ice.

    Complications from the injury led to his death, which is being reviewed by the state medical examiner’s office. He was on active duty — out on injury — at the time of his death.

    Firefighter Raffa recalled when he and Lt. Donald Courtney visited Lt. Quinlan after he was injured.

    “He seemed in fine spirits, but you could tell something was wrong,” Firefighter Raffa said. “In that short time he went downhill fast.”

    Tomorrow, Lt. Quinlan will be honored by his fellow firefighters and a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church at 929 Main St.

    Firefighters sometimes suffer minor and major injuries on the job.

    “It just goes to show you we’re all human. We’re just regular people,” Firefighter Toomey said. “We can break bones and get split lips, and they can have devastating effects.”

    Married and a father of six — one son predeceased him — Lt. Quinlan was highly respected by his cohorts.

    “He was a true professional and the men that worked with him trusted him,” District Fire Chief Frank D. DiLiddo III said. “His decisions were sound and he led a solid crew. It is a very difficult time for a lot of firefighters. Many can’t believe it happened.”

    The line-of-duty death service is a way to show Lt. Quinlan the respect he deserves, Chief DiLiddo said.

    Firefighter Raffa, who came on the job the same day as Lt. Quinlan, said the lieutenant didn’t know how to say no when someone needed help. He was a master electrician who owned and operated D.M. Quinlan Electric, and served six years as Barre’s fire chief.

    He was also an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and his newest hobby, beekeeping.

    The new hobby was recently picked up as he started to plan his retirement, which was going to happen when he turned 55, Firefighter Toomey said yesterday, not long after visiting Lt. Quinlan’s family.

    At a fire, Lt. Quinlan didn’t have to say much. His firefighters knew what he expected and he knew what they could do.

    Firefighter Toomey received Lt. Quinlan’s tutelage for years. As a teenager, Firefighter Toomey, 40, remembers learning the tools of the trade from the lieutenant.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lt. Donald M. Quinlan Scholarship Fund, c/o the Worcester Fire Department Credit Union, 34 Glennie St., Worcester, MA 01605.

    http://www.telegram.com/article/2008...84/1008/NEWS02

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    City mourns fallen firefighter

    Friday, March 28, 2008
    City mourns fallen firefighter

    Final salute honors Lt. Quinlan

    By Scott J. Croteau TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
    scroteau@telegram.com


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    Brother Quinlan Died LODD

    Why is Brother Quinlan in the 'Non-Line of Duty' section?
    Brother Quinlan died in the line of duty.

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