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    Memorial Dedication to be Held on Anniversary of Tragic Worcester Blaze

    Memorial Dedication to be Held on Anniversary of Tragic Worcester Blaze


    Posted: 11-07-2008
    Updated: 11-07-2008 03:59:54 PM


    PAUL PELUSO
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    Dec. 3 will mark the ninth anniversary of the fire at a cold storage warehouse that claimed the lives of six Worcester, Mass. firefighters -- it will also in many ways mark a new beginning for the department.

    A new fire station will exist on the very soil the fallen firefighters gave their lives, and next to it will stand a remembrance wall that will serve to honor their sacrifice.

    The wall will consist of a slab of granite standing about six feet high and running about 12 feet. Carved into the granite will be an image of six firefighters in action. In front of the wall will be a pedestal with a folded bronze coat and helmet sitting on top of it. Behind the pedestal will be a bronze sculpture of a firefighter kneeling, giving reverence to his fallen brothers.

    Along with the dedication, the seventh and final Worcester Fire Department Safety and Survival Seminar will be held on the same day as the dedication.

    "A lot of positive came out of our negative," Lieutenant John Daly said. "It's time for us to wrap it up and I can't think of a better way."

    Creating the Memorial

    Worcester Captain Kevin Maloney met sculptor Brian Hanlon at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore in 2007. At the time, Hanlon was working on a sculpture for Holy Cross College -- located in Worcester -- and he stopped Maloney after spotting the department's logo on his shirt.

    The department had been talking about creating a monument on the grounds of the new station, and after Hanlon shared some of his prototypes with Maloney, things started taking shape.

    The total cost of the project will cost the department approximately $110,000 -- the rest of which they hope to raise through the proceeds from this year's seminar, along with a raffle for a 2009 Honda Civic.

    The department already had close to $60,000 in funds from past safety seminars and donations from fellow firefighters. In 2001, shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the department donated the money raised that year by the seminar to a fund set up by the FDNY.

    Daly said that while the money raised from the past seminars was initially set aside for the Worcester Fire Firefighters Memorial Park -- spearheaded by city officials -- they eventually decided to put it towards the remembrance wall.

    "It's been a very slow process to be quite honest," Daly, who sits on the city's memorial committee, said. "They've been dragging their feet on it too long."

    The committee began meeting shortly after the tragic fire, and as plans began to expand, so did the cost. Daly said the person who won a competition set up by the city put a price tag on the proposed project of between three and five million dollars.

    "It made it really unrealistic," he said. "They decided to turn it into a memorial park." According to Daly, the committee hasn't met for close to 10 months.

    He also believes that the style of the proposed memorial (View Photo) wasn't something the department's members could relate to.

    "To me, (the dedication wall) is what they wanted. They didn't want something abstract," he said. "They wanted something that related to firefighters and the work."

    Both men say they the thing they are proud of the most is how the money for the dedication wall was raised: through donations solely from firefighters. No private donations were sought for the project.

    Honoring the Fallen on Tragic Grounds

    Maloney said that when the department found out the new station would be built on the site of the fire, it was a no brainer. The new station is set to open by the time the dedication is held.

    The decision by the city to purchase the land for the new station, however, was at first a sore spot for some firefighters, but Maloney said time has helped heal some wounds.

    Daly agrees with his comrade: "It would have been a travesty to have anything else built there," he said. "For other guys though, it just hurts too much there for them. It's bittersweet I suppose."

    Being able to come full circle and honor their fallen brothers on the plot of land where they perish is something Maloney is thankful for. "The fact that we are able to put our own memorial there; it's pretty satisfying."

    Dedication and Seminar Details

    When: Dedication will begin at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the new station built on the site of the fire at 266 Franklin Street, Worcester, Mass.


    Lodging: The Crowne Plaza Hotel has rooms available for $89 (regular rate is $179). The deadline to receive the discounted rate is Nov. 11.
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    Contact Information: Lieutenant John Daly can be reached by phone at 508-423-4799 and by e-mail at jadalyjr@aol.com


    Worcester Fire Department Safety and Survival Seminar

    The seminar will take place the morning and finish before the dedication.



    Scheduled speakers

    Deputy Chief John Tripp, Los Angeles County Fire Department
    Interstate 5 Tunnel Fire

    FDNY Battalion Chief John Salka
    Leadership in the fire service

    FDNY Lt. Mickey Conboy
    Residential Search

    FDNY Captain Mike Dugan
    Venting Today's Fire Buildings

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    Out of the ashes

    Out of the ashes

    New fire station rises on hallowed ground

    By Scott J. Croteau TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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    WORCESTER— The smell of hash browns and bacon wafted in the air at the Kenmore Diner on a recent morning.

    Jeffrey Fritz, an off-duty Webster firefighter, sat in a booth and peered out a back window.

    He eyed a lawn of fresh grass. He saw a pristine parking lot with fresh blacktop. And at the center of it all stood a new building, its fresh brick fa

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    Copper roof has a special meaning

    Sunday, November 16, 2008
    Copper roof has a special meaning

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


    WORCESTER— For years, people driving on Interstate 290 glanced to the side of the highway and saw the five-story-high vacant Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building.

    The building was reduced to rubble, however, after a raging fire struck the building on Dec. 3, 1999.

    Drivers are seeing something new these days as they pass the Franklin Street site from overhead — the tint of a copper roof.


    The new fire station, constructed on the site where six firefighters died fighting the December 1999 blaze, cost roughly $8 million to construct. But the copper roof didn’t cost a thing.

    Michael and Tina Jemison donated the copper roof, gutter and downspouts for the Franklin Street Fire Station in honor of Mrs. Jemison’s father, Paul MacCarthy, a lawyer who practiced in the city for 50 years.

    “Mr. MacCarthy’s family wishes to honor his life spent in the City and the wonderful memories and friends that he so enjoyed here,” City Manager Michael V. O’Brien wrote in an August letter to City Council.

    Robert L. Moylan Jr., commissioner of Public Works and Parks, said in a letter to the manager that, “their wish is that the many men and women who serve beneath it be protected by this roof for many years to come.”

    The CopperPlus roof ages the same as copper, but is bonded with a stainless steel core.

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    The new Franklin Street Fire Station is topped by a copper roof, donated by the family of longtime Worcester lawyer Paul MacCarthy. (T&G Staf/TOM RETTIG)

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    New fire station on Franklin Street is a fitting tribute

    Sunday, November 16, 2008
    New fire station on Franklin Street is a fitting tribute

    Nick KOTSOPOULOS Politics and the City


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    New fire station opens on site where six firefighters died

    Thursday, November 20, 2008
    A great tribute

    New fire station opens on site where six firefighters died

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