I just got back from the 10th anniversary ceremony for the W6.
I think that Tom, Jerry, Paul, Tim, Jay and Joe had something to do with the weather... it was forecast was supposed to be cold and rainy, it turned out to be clear and in the high 60's (in December!)
It started earlier in the day with the Firefighter of the Year ceremonies at the Hanover Theatre, where the firefighters of the Commonwealth were recognized by the State Fire Marshal for their efforts in protecting life and property.
The actual W6 ceremony began with a collation at Union Station. Firefighters from all over the US and Canada began by meeting there, meeting old friends and making new ones. Outside of Union Station, members of the Worcester Fire Pipes and Drums, the Connecticut Firefighters Pipes and Drums and other pipe bands were warming up.
The pipes and drums then formed the head of the procession. A sea of dress blue uniforms proceeded from Union Station to the Franklin Street Fire Station, which was built on the property where the Worcester Cold Storage building once stood.
Chief of Special Operations Frank DeLiddo served as the Master of ceremonies. After the invocation by one of the Worcester Fire Chaplains, the speakers included DeLiddo, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Governor Deval
Patrick, US Representative Jim McGovern, City Manager Mike O'Brien, PFFM president Bob McCarthy, actor Denis Leary, who's cousin, Jeremiah Lucey was killed in the W6 fire, and Worcester Fire Chief Gerry Dio.
At 18:13 hours, a recording of the first radio transmission striking the box for the Worcester Cold Storage fire was played, followed by a toll of the bell and the reading of the names.As each name was called, members of the families each placed a single red rose in front of the memorial. When all 6 names were called, the orders of "attention" and "present arms" were given. There was a 21 gun salute, followed by the Pipes and Drums performing "Amazing Grace". After another of the WFD's Chaplains gave the benediction, the pipes and drums then led the procession back to Union Station, where the collation continued.
As we walked back to Union Stations, the crowd of civilians who turned out were applauding us as we went by.
I went to Brew City with a few friends to enjoy dinner and a few Magic Hat Howl Winter lagers. A couple of lovely young women bought us a round, and as the ranking officer at our table, I went to thank them for their generosity.
It was a fitting tribute for some true heroes...
God Bless the W6!
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Thread: W6... the 10th anniversary
12-03-2009, 11:09 PM #1
W6... the 10th anniversary"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
12-03-2009, 11:23 PM #2
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Very touching. Thank you for sharing that Cap.
12-04-2009, 12:41 AM #3
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- Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
Lovely report, thanks Ron. You always do the W6 proud.
Rest peacefully Tom, Jerry, Paul, Tim, Jay and Joe .... your loss will NEVER be forgotten.September 11th - Never Forget
I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.
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RAY WAS HERE FIRST
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