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    Default Worcester...four years gone by

    It's hard to beleive, Brothers and Sisters, but tomorrow is the 4th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Fire.

    Let us remember the fallen heroes...the Worcester 6

    Lieutenant Thomas Spencer, Ladder 2

    Lieutenant Timothy Jackson, Ladder 2 (posthumously promoted)

    Lieutenant James "Jay" Lyons, Engine 3 (posthumously promoted)

    Firefighter Paul Brotherton, Rescue 1

    Firefighter Jeremiah Lucey, Rescue 1

    Firefighter Joesph McGuirk, Engine 3


    Rest in Peace Brothers...you will not be forgotten!
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    Unhappy

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    Brothers Forever

    You Will Not Be Forgotten!

    Worcester 6 - December 3, 1999

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    I spent some time at the Worcester Cold Storage site with Captain Gonzo. It is a truely touching site to see all of the items hung in memory of the tragic event that happened 4 years ago.

    Brothers, you will never be forgotten.
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    I wish I was close enough to visit. I still feel the same way though just to see it on TV.

    God just needed some more firefighters.
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    Sad week in Central Mass between the anniversary tomorrow and the funeral today. Lancaster about 2 towns north of Worcester, one of my co-workers was a Lieutenant with a mutual aid company that went to the scene in the aftermath.

    As some of you know, I work for the newspaper in Worcester, and while working on another problem, I saw a proof for tomorrow's paper with just the space reservation for an in-memorium ad with the name "Lucey" -- sent a chill up my spine.

    God, memories are still vivid and I was just a spectator -- can remember heading home from work that night, rounding the big curve on I-290 and the jump in my heart, "That ain't steam!" I thought to myself looking at the huge cloud settling over the eastern part of the city. Saw the building on fire, and cut across three lanes to make the exit -- man, this is gonna be a big one. Parked under the highway, grabbed my camera, half-running up I hear a cop saying there was six or seven firefighters missing, sounds serious but nah, you couldn't have lost six, no way, he must be exagerating.

    Rest in Peace...

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    May you rest in peace and let us be gracious for your continous watch over us all from the Heavens above, were we too shall all meet and be reunited ...........
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    Rest In Peace Worcester Six

    Always Remembered... Decemeber 3, 1999

    May they watch over all firefighters and keep them safe.



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    May they rest peacefully in God's arms.
    They will never be forgotten!

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    Our fallen Brothers....Not Forgotten

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
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    Gone but Not Forgotten

    Brother when you weep for me
    Remember that it was meant to be

    Lay me down and when you leave
    Remember I'll be at your sleeve

    In every dark and choking hall
    I'll be there as you slowly crawl

    On every roof in driving snow
    I'll hold your coat and you will know

    In cellars hot with searing heat
    At windows where a gate you meet

    In closets where young children hide
    You know I'll be there at your side

    The house from which i now respond
    Is overstaffed with heroes gone

    Men who answered one last bell
    Did the job and did it well

    As firemen we understand
    That death's a card dealt in our hand

    A card we hope we never play
    But one we hold there anyway

    That card is something we ignore
    As we crawl across a weakened floor

    For we know that we're the only prayer
    For anyone that might be there

    So remember as you wipe your tears
    The joy I knew throughout the years

    As I did the job I loved to do
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    Rest in Peace, Brothers
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    Rest in Peace Brothers.

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    Four years yet the pain of their passing is as sharp as if it were yesterday.Pete Lamb has written a "must read"commentary on our latest LODD,not really a fit for Worcester but certainly one we need to think about.Be ever vigilant.T.C.

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    Rest In Peace.

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    I remmember first hearing it on the news, I was not associated with a Fire Department then, but even then I could feel the pain for the 6 brothers that were lost. May they all rest in piece.

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    rest in peace


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    Thursday, December 4, 2003

    'Pride, unity, grief'

    'They'll be there to protect us'


    4th anniversary of Cold Storage fire
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    WORCESTER- When Fire Chief Gerard Dio said the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building land would be under the control of the Fire Department last night, applause was heard for the first time at the annual vigil of the six city firefighters who died Dec. 3, 1999.

    "We do not know what the future will bring," Chief Dio said, "but we do know that these men will be protected by members of the Fire Department for a very long time to come."

    Chief Dio said the decision to build a 46,000-square-foot station and administrative offices at the site will mean that every time firefighters put on their boots, take up a hose or slide down the pole, "they'll be there to protect us."

    Fire Capt. Dennis Dolan, while acknowledging that many firefighters favored a memorial to the Worcester 6 at the fire site, said building a station on land firefighters consider sacred ground has eased feelings.

    "Having control of the land has made people very happy," said Capt. Dolan, standing at the fence that encloses the lot.

    "A lot of what we are is in this site," Capt. Dolan said.

    Mayor Timothy Murray said the death Saturday of Lancaster Firefighter Martin H. McNamara V was an all-too-timely reminder of the night in Worcester four years ago.

    "Seeing the images on TV of the Lancaster firefighter and his young family brought it all back home," Mr. Murray said.

    The mayor said the new firehouse agreement and the recent decision to put the city's firefighter memorial in Institute Park brings the city closer to closing the wounds of the six deaths.

    "Both will help in the healing," Mr. Murray said.

    Under a sharp half moon and in a numbing cold, several hundred huddled in front of the empty lot on Franklin Street in homage to Lts. Thomas E. Spencer, James F. "Jay" Lyons, Timothy P. Jackson, and Firefighters Paul A. Brotherton, Jeremiah M. Lucey and Joseph T. McGuirk.

    As in past years, the commemoration was short and simple, lasting less than half an hour and beginning and ending with the arrival and departure of the Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums.

    The call that dispatched firefighters to a reported fire at Grafton and Franklin streets was replayed.

    A fire bell was sounded and wreaths hung in each man's name by firefighters from the three companies that took the losses that night: Engine 3 - Lt. Lyon and Firefighter McGuirk; Ladder 2 - Lts. Spencer and Jackson and Rescue 1 - Firefighters Brotherton and Lucey.

    As the wreaths were being placed, a state police cruiser stopped in the breakdown lane about mid-point on the Interstate 290 overpass overlooking the site and remained there, its lights flashing, for the remainder of the vigil.

    Only Chief Dio and two chaplains spoke.

    The Rev. Peter Scanlon praised "six brave men who carried out their vocation as firefighters" by attempting to save homeless people they believed might be in the building.

    In his remarks, the Rev. Bruce Hughes, called the men "shining examples of courage, integrity and decency" and said the city and people they served would not be forgotten.

    "For those who have fallen, we are still here standing," Rev. Hughes said.

    Keeping memory alive was a major reason for many of those who came, including City Manager Thomas R. Hoover.

    As he waited for the ceremony to begin, Mr. Hoover said his memories of the fire and the unwavering determination of firefighters to unearth the remains of fellow firefighters in the fire ruins is a unique experience in his 38 years as a public administrator.

    "I never saw anything like it and I hope I never see it again," Mr. Hoover said. "We say we won't forget and those of us who lived through it won't, but it's important we come every year so that future generations will know we did not forget and 50 years from now people will still come."

    One who comes almost daily to the site is Crystal Jackson, sister of Lt. Jackson.

    "I'm the keeper of the flame and general all-around maintenance person," Ms. Jackson said.

    Every workday morning on her way to her job as a sterilizer technician at Worcester Medical Center, Ms. Jackson has coffee in her car in the parking lot across Franklin Street.

    She takes in the memento-draped fence that has served as the unofficial memorial to the men.

    If it looks shabby, she tidies up. Otherwise she reads the paper and has a few quiet moments with her brother.

    "I tell him what's going on," she said, laughing.

    As in the past Ms. Jackson and her sister Sherry Jackson have installed a live, fully decorated Christmas tree at the fence.

    "We've already gotten some new ornaments," she said, as she looked over the tree heavy with decorations, some hand-crafted.

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    And let's not forget to pray for the families of our fallen as well.
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    We here in Wheeling WV will never forget. Bikers on the "Ride to Remember" passed through our city and stayed in our firehouse overnight. We also hosted a reception for them on the evening they arrived. May all 6 of my brothers rest in peace. Our thoughts are with our brothers in Worcester. Also I recently changed helmets and need a new W6 sticker. Can someone hook me up?
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    E2- search it out ..if I have a few I amy try for you .......but I know that that information is on these forums .......
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    I was there after the horrible tragedy to attend the memorial and left behind some of my fd stuff on the old engine that was at the site. Somewhere I have that picture. I will see if I can scan it and attach it.

    God bless you brothers and your families. Rest assured that we will not forget.

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