BACK BAY — Our former colleague George Rizer shared some of his amazing photos from the tragic fire on June 17, 1972, in the Hotel Vendome in the Back Bay that claimed the lives of nine Boston firefighters, the largest loss of life in the department’s history. A memorial on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall commemorates the valor of the fire crews and marks the nine men lost that day. What George remembered was how the…

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CEDAR GROVE — Several hundred people were in attendance on Monday morning for the Memorial Day service at Cedar Grove Cemetery. The featured speaker was Brigadier General John J. Driscoll, commander of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, whose remarks followed the procession of veterans and musical units from the John P. McKeon Post on Hilltop Street. Leading the way was the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard and the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipe & Drums. Boston…

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BACK BAY — 500 guests attended the 140th annual Awards Ceremony and Ball, which was held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in the Back Bay. The evening’s emcee was WCVB NewsCenter 5 anchor Maria Stephanos, who helped Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn keep things moving during the awards presentations. The honorees included Channel 25 reporter Blair Miller, who has been covering the issue of firefighters diagnosed with cancer while on…

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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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