On Nov. 29th 2003, Lancaster MA. firefighters responded to a structure fire at 76 Mill St. Firefighter Marty McNamara and 2 Clinton firefighters entered the cellar to start the initial attack. There were a series of explosions in the 2story house and the basement became engulfed. The 2 other firefighters were able to escape but Marty was trapped. Despite the efforts of his brother firefighters from several depts. Marty could not be rescued.
He will always be remembered
Firefighter Martin H. McNamara V
Lancaster Fire Dept.
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08-30-2007, 07:57 PM #1
Marty H. McNamara V RIP 11/29/03
09-01-2007, 09:01 AM #2
I work at the Massachusetts Fire Academy with Deputy Chief John McLaughlin, who is an instructor in the Recruit Program.
"Johnny Mac" is one of the two Clinton firefighters who went in with Marty and went back in to rescue him, nearly losing his life in the process.
He is a no nonsense, "balls to the wall" firefighter and one hell of an instructor. I enjoy working burn days with him.
I was at Marty's funeral along with 15 other jakes from my FD. It was a bitterly cold day with snow flurries. When Marty's coffin came out of the church, the sun came out. A firefighter standing next to me in line said " I think Marty got the "big guy" to warm it up for us..."
Rest in peace. Marty."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
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