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    A firefighter was killed in a house fire early Saturday (11-29) as a result of falling into a basement of a farmhouse. 2 other firefighters were injured in an attempt to rescue him.

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    Rest in Peace ......

    My thoughts are with his family at this time. May they find the strength they need to get them through.
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    Lancaster is about ten miles from Marlborough. Their new interim Chief is a former Chief from my FD. He recently took over until a new chief can be hired.

    The other two firefighters were seriously injured.

    Rest in Peace, Brother.
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    My heart goes out to his family and brother firemen. May the Lord give peace and strength to the family and his fire dept.
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    My deepest sympathy for his family, friends and brothers. May the 2 who were injured make a quick and full recovery.
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    thanks for the heads up...............my condolences
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    God bless our lost brother, and grant his peace to the family and fellow firefighters. Praying for a sucessful recovery for the two injured firefighters.
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    John 15:13

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.


    Go in Peace brother, your job here is done.

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    Rest easy brothers, you have done your job, and done it well. I extend my condolences to the family of our fallen brother. I also wish for a speedy and complete recovery for the injured brothers.
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    I just got back from there a couple hours ago, we were 1 of several cover companies. Very sad for sure. He left behind 2 children and a pregnant wife thats due anyday. Rest in peace.

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    Rest in Peace, brother!

    It is a shame.

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    RIP Brother.......
    Anyword on funeral arangements?
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    This is the sad reality of our deadly business.

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    I just found out that onme of the firefighters seriously injured is Clinton FD Deputy Chief John McLaughlin. "Mac" is an instructor at the Massachusetts Fire Academy and is one hell of a jake.

    He is critical but stable conditon at UMass Medical Center in Worcester.
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    Firefighter killed in Lancaster fire
    Saturday November 29, 2003
    LANCASTER, Mass. (AP) Residents of Lancaster and Clinton were grieving Saturday for a volunteer firefighter who died when he was he was unable to escape the basement of a burning house.

    Martin McNamara, 31, of Clinton, a three-year veteran of the 30-man Lancaster force, died early Saturday morning after a series of explosions in the basement of wood frame multi-family home. Three other firefighters escaped, but rescuers who went back for McNamara were driven back by flames and were unable to reach him.

    McNamara, who had recently celebrated a birthday, was survived by two children, his pregnant wife and firefighters in Lancaster and surrounding towns in mourning for a fallen brother.

    ``It's very clear members of the Lancaster Fire Department and surrounding area fire departments have suffered a loss,'' state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said Saturday. ``It's a very close-knit group.'' He said critical incident stress teams and fire department chaplains were in Lancaster and surrounding towns to help the community cope with the loss.

    Steven Hilliger, a firefighter and chair of Lancaster's board of selectmen, said the loss reverberated deeply in the firefighters' community, including some of McNamara's relatives.

    ``The fire departments in this community, they're like a big fraternity of people, and they're all very close,'' Hilliger said. ``Right now, it's really tough.''

    Hilliger, who is Lancaster's interim fire chief by default as chairman of the board of selectmen, said that the fire department was keeping in close touch with McNamara's family.

    ``He leaves behind two small children, a wife who's due like tomorrow,'' he said. ``We have made our resources available to the family and we're helping in whatever way we can.''

    The victim's father, also named Martin, was at the fire scene late Saturday morning.

    ``Marty was the kind of son that every father and mother would ever want,'' he said. ``I guess the only consolation we can take from it is that he died doing something that he loved to do.'' McNamara was among firefighters trying to control the fire in the basement of a wood-frame multifamily home on Mill Street, near Atlantic Union College.

    Coan said McNamara joined Clinton firefighters, responding on mutual aid, who arrived to find heavy smoke rising from the basement at about 3:48 a.m.

    McNamara and three Clinton firefighters were in the basement when there were ``what were reported to us as series of small explosions,'' the origin of which remains unknown, Coan said. ``That caused conditions in the basement to deteriorate very rapidly.''

    The firefighters in the basement called for help, and rescue teams assembled and rushed into the basement, where they found and assisted three Clinton firefighters, Coan said.

    During a roll call outside, the firefighters discovered that McNamara was missing.

    ``Several different attempts were made to re-enter the basement,'' Coan said, ``but crews were driven back by heavy fire.''

    McNamara's remains were recovered after the fire was knocked down, Coan said.

    Coan said the cause of the fire and the explosions is not known and remains under investigation. He said investigators were expected to return to the scene Sunday morning.

    Two of the three Clinton firefighters were treated and released, Coan said, The third, Clinton Deputy Chief John McLaughlin, was being treated at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

    Hospital officials would only confirm that McLaughlin was a patient. Coan said McLaughlin was in serious, but stable, condition.


    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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    On behalf of Hatfield, Ma Fire Dept, I extend our deepest sympathies to Firefighter McNamara, his family, and the Lancaster Fire Department.

    Thank you Captain for the update, and I will be in Lancaster for the Service.

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    As a former Lancaster resident with many friends on the force, my heart and prayers go out to all of you.

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    On behalf of the Houston Fire Dept and Local 341. I extend our deepest sympathies to Firefighter McNamara, his family, and the Lancaster Fire Department.
    May you rest in peace brother. The bells will be silent for you tonight.
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    Sleep in peace brother.

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    On behalf of the Sturbridge Fire Department, Sturbridge, MA, I offer my most sincere condolences to the McNamara family, the members of the Lancaster Fire Department, and others who responded with Firefighter McNamara on his last day of duty.

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