Firefighters’ Candle Relay Pays Tribute To Worcester Comrades

Rachel V. Katz reports on a special tribute by members of 23 fire departments.By Dec. 18, 1999, the last Worcester funeral was over and clean-up crews had all but abandoned the blackened shell of the Worcester warehouse. But a group of firefighters from...


Rachel V. Katz reports on a special tribute by members of 23 fire departments.By Dec. 18, 1999, the last Worcester funeral was over and clean-up crews had all but abandoned the blackened shell of the Worcester warehouse. But a group of firefighters from Connecti-cut’s Naugatuck Valley felt there...


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"It is with sadness and pride that we present candle number one to the Worcester Fire Department on behalf of the Derby firefighters in honor of brothers we have lost," Stankye said, as he passed the candle to District Chief Stuart Howe. Worcester firefighters then planted the candle in the midst of a garden of tributes comprised of flowers, teddy bears, signs and other items left by well-wishers.

"It shows a lot of support, and I believe it helps the hurt that we feel," Howe said. "It’s fellow officers showing a concern for other firefighters for what we have gone through."