BOSTON — In a first for the for the Boston Fire Department, a father and son both active District Fire Chiefs for the Department. Adding to the family pride, it was District Chief Paul Carey who pinned his son, newly promoted District Chief Michael Carey. “Today is always a special day when the Department can promote new officers,” said Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn. The officers are: District Chief Michael Carey, Captain Edward Kelly, and…

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HOLBROOK — Hundreds gathered to pay their final respects to Edward J. Paris Jr. of Holbrook, formerly of Hyde Park, who died due to occupational cancer on Oct. 29, 2018, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He was 64. Ed worked as a Boston Fire Lieutenant on Engine 18. He was a member of Boston Firefighters Union Local 718, as well as the Pension and Welfare Officer, and member of the Death and Welfare Board. He…

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DORCHESTER — More than 300 guests attended Boston Police Department’s Area C-11’s moving ceremony on Saturday to remember and honor those from the station who have died. Those remembered today are Officer Walter E. Harris, Sgt. Diana Green, Officer Thomas Pokaski, Sgt. Joseph Griffin, Officer Bernard Kelly, School Traffic Supervisor Marie Conley, and Auto Room Clerk Mary Brett McCarthy. Among those on hand for the ceremony were Mayor Marty Walsh, Police Commissioner Willie Gross, Father…

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BOSTON — This stunning image of firefighters from the Boston Fire Department is from Bill Brett’s files that he helped unearth for the city’s archives for a project many years ago. Shown in this photograph is of the firehouse on Huntington Avenue at the corner of Ruggles Street and Huntington Avenue. The crew shown is of Engine 37 and Ladder company 26 — the same crews that today w occupy the station near Longwood and…

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BOSTON — Before Bill Brett headed to Dorchester on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, to see the cleanup of a multiple-alarm fire that drove several families from their homes, he stopped by the office and pulled these images from his archives. As best as he could remember for us, all three of these photos were taken in the late 1970s or early 1980s. They all show the added trials that firefighters face in the extremely cold…

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