Fire Service Loses Great Instructor From Mass.

The fire service lost one of its most revered fire instructors over the weekend. Jack Peltier, a veteran of nearly 60 years in the fire service, died Sunday of a sudden illness.


“I’ll never forget what they did for us,” said Hilton. The truck was dubbed, “The Bay State Express” honoring the place from where it came, she said.

She said it was an honor to know Peltier and to work side by side with him reviewing the grant applications.

“He was very giving of himself and did everything he could to help me out in any way he could,” Hilton said, adding that Peltier and Carter helped her with the publishing of children’s fire safety books by sharing contacts in the fire service.

“He loved helping people,” Hilton said. “He was a real giant and we’re going to miss him.”

In addition to his work with FDIC and the federal grant program, Peltier was an active member of the teaching staff of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy for many decades.

He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughters Ann Marie and Melissa Irish, his son Lt. Jim Peltier of the Southborough Fire Department, and his grandchildren, Jason Irish, and Sarah, Steven, Shawn, and Seth Peltier.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the family.