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    Firefighter honored for heroics

    Friday, August 12, 2011


    Firefighter honored for heroics

    Two promoted at ceremony


    By Noman Khanani SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAM & GAZETTE

    WORCESTER — Worcester fire Lt. Jeffrey R. Dubeau was driving home from a birthday party with his 7-year-old son in May, when he saw an out-of-control car heading down Route 9 in Shrewsbury.

    The red Chevrolet sedan, drifting into the same lane as Lt. Dubeau, was heading straight toward the busy intersection of Route 9 and Oak Street, next to the AMF Town & Country Lanes bowling alley.

    “I actually thought the car was gonna hit me the way it was coming,” he recalled. “I couldn’t see anyone in the car.”

    Realizing that a potentially serious crash was imminent, the 39-year-old firefighter, who was off-duty at the time, made sure his son was wearing his seat belt as he decided to take action. In his silver Nissan pickup truck, Lt. Dubeau sped up ahead of the out-of-control vehicle.

    “Dad, why are you stopping?” asked his son, Jack, who said he was not worried about what was to come.

    Lt. Dubeau positioned his pickup truck in front of the sedan and applied his brakes. His bumper connected with the sedan, and then he slowed the car down with his truck.

    After bringing both cars to a stop in the breakdown lane, he went into the other car and found the driver lying on the passenger seat. Lt .Dubeau called an ambulance, and it was determined that the driver had suffered a seizure. Officer Richard H. Fiske of Shrewsbury reported the incident.

    For his brave actions, Lt. Dubeau was awarded a commendation yesterday at City Hall. City Manager Michael V. O’Brien presented the award to the 15-year veteran, the first of his career.

    “It really sets a standard for us all, a selfless act of courage performing in the interest of public safety and off-duty,” Mr. O’Brien said. “It’s this type of human instinct that speaks to one’s character and a caliber of men and women at the Worcester Fire Department who really place service above self.”

    The ceremony also recognized the promotions of District Chief Geoffrey Gardell and Capt. Kevin F. Maloney. District Chief Gardell, 54, was promoted to deputy chief after 27 years with the Fire Department. Capt. Maloney, 57, now becomes district chief in his 33rd year with the Fire Department.

    “We’re extremely grateful for the work that these two individuals that are going to be promoted do each and every day, that Lt. Dubeau does each and every day, and the men and the women together of the Worcester Fire Department,” added Mr. O’Brien. “It’s amazing work and we’re extremely grateful for it.”

    Fire Chief Gerard A. Dio concluded the ceremony by extending his thanks to the firefighters and their families. “What makes a chief good or bad are the people who work for them,” he said. “They help support his intentions or what he wants to accomplish, I’m very ineffective without them.”

    Contact Noman Khanani by email at nkhanani@telegram.com.
    http://www.telegram.com/article/2011...767/1101/local

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    District Chief Geoffrey Gardell promoted to Deputy Chief.

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    Promoted Capt. Kevin F. Maloney to District Chief

    District Chief Kevin F. Maloney

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    Hero

    Department Lt. Jeffrey Dubeau sits yesterday with his son Jack, 7.Photo (T&G Staff/RICK CINCLAIR)

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