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Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 1

Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a monthly production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them. 

Photo #1 is a shot of a Second Alarm at 62 Hinckley Street on the morning of December 9, 1990. Group 1 had the fire which started in a second floor bedroom and took off from there. A dropped cigarette onto a foam bed pillow got this one going. Companies were fortunate that the exposure on the right was some distance. That neighborhood is otherwise one of the most congested in the city. Deputy Chief Bob Gover is in the foreground directing operations.  (Photo by Charlie Breen)
 
 
 
Photo # 2 shows Lt. Dan Matthews stretching a line during a Second Alarm at 194 Cedar Street on July 8, 1993. A child playing with matches got this one going. Heavy fire conditions damaged a total of four exposures. Once again, companies were fortunate to have some distance between exposures on the right side which is rarely the case. Group 3 had this one. (Photo by Todd Breen)
 
 
 
 
Lt. Jack McKenzie sizes up conditions during a Working Fire at 56R Webster Avenue on the night of May 27, 1992. Several exploding acetylene tanks kept things interesting. Group 3 had this one which destroyed a one story metalclad building. The fire was believed to be arson. (Todd Breen photo)
 
 
 
 
Firefighter George Blake waits for water on Ladder Three's stick during a Working Fire on the night of November 24, 1991. The fire gutted a second floor dorm room in Lewis Hall at 85 Packard Avenue. Group 4 had this one. (Photo by Charlie Breen)
 
 
 
 
 Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share

them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 1
Jan 31, 2007

Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a periodic production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them. 

Photo #1 is a shot of a Second Alarm at 62 Hinckley Street on the morning of December 9, 1990. Group 1 had the fire which started in a second floor bedroom and took off from there. A dropped cigarette onto a foam bed pillow got this one going. Companies were fortunate that the exposure on the right was some distance. That neighborhood is otherwise one of the most congested in the city. Deputy Chief Bob Gover is in the foreground directing operations.  (Photo by Charlie Breen)
 
 
 
Photo # 2 shows Lt. Dan Matthews stretching a line during a Second Alarm at 194 Cedar Street on July 8, 1993. A child playing with matches got this one going. Heavy fire conditions damaged a total of four exposures. Once again, companies were fortunate to have some distance between exposures on the right side which is rarely the case. Group 3 had this one. (Photo by Todd Breen)
 
 
 
 
Lt. Jack McKenzie sizes up conditions during a Working Fire at 56R Webster Avenue on the night of May 27, 1992. Several exploding acetylene tanks kept things interesting. Group 3 had this one which destroyed a one story metalclad building. The fire was believed to be arson. (Todd Breen photo)
 
 
 
 
Firefighter George Blake waits for water on Ladder Three's stick during a Working Fire on the night of November 24, 1991. The fire gutted a second floor dorm room in Lewis Hall at 85 Packard Avenue. Group 4 had this one. (Photo by Charlie Breen)
 
 
 
 
 Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share

them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 

 

 


Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 2
Jan 31, 2007

Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a periodic production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them. 

Photo #1 shows Ff Joe Delponte of Engine 7 operating an exterior attack line into the ruins of the Middlesex Toy Store located at 145 Fellsway. A Second Alarm in the early morning hours of December 21, 1970 destroyed the building. The box was struck at 0323 followed by the Second at 0328 hours. The building was torn down to make way for construction of the District Courthouse. Joe Delponte was a 31 year veteran of the SFD serving from 1953 to 1984. Joe passed away in 2004.

Photo # 2 shows companies operating at at Third Alarm in the early morning hours of February 7, 1963. The fire destroyed a one story block located at the corner of Broadway & Langmaid Avenue. The fire originated in the basement and extended throughout the building occupied by a laundromat, First National supermarket and the Liberty Radio shop. The box was struck at 0124 followed by a Second at 0154 and the Third at 0217. The building was razed and amazingly has remained a vacant lot to this day.  

Photo #3 shows Firefighter James Hooley operating Engine Two's 1916 Ahrens-Fox pump during a fire (unknown date or location). Firefighter Hooley was appointed in 1927 and retired in 1954. Jim passed away in 1989.

Photo #4 is a shot of Lt. John V. Sloane in front of Engine 7. Lt. Sloane was appointed in 1923 and promoted to Lt. in 1935. He died while an active member of the department at the age of 58 in 1948. Lt. Sloane was the uncle of retired Sr. Fire Alarm Operator Bill Sloane.

Photo #5 and the last for this month is a shot of a Third Alarm at 627 Somerville Avenue in the early morning of April 29, 1990. A fully involved first floor apartment extended throughout the two story brick apartment building. The fire was believed to be of electrical origin. The box was ordered struck at 0151 after occupants of the building ran to the Lowell Street Station to report the fire. The Second was struck at 0152 followed by a Third at 0158. The occupants were fortunate to have had Engine 4 in service on a full time basis unlike today. On the left is Lt. Jim Covino of Engine 3 and on the right with the tip is Lt. Jim King of Engine 4. Lt. Covino retired in 1991 after 22 years service and Jim King is now a District Chief assigned to Group 2. (Photo by Mike Salvi.)

 
 
 
 Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share

them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 

 

 


Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 3
Mar 01, 2007

Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a periodic production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them. 

Photo #1 was taken on April 9, 1971 during a fire in Yard #8 of the B&M Railroad. The fire involved oil burning in a culvert alongside and under the railroad tracks. Foam had to be used to extinguish the fire. Boston F.D. also responded. In the photo from L-R are: Lt. Tom Connolly, Ff Barney McGahan, Ff/Mechanic Bob Cidado, Ff Joe Flahive and Deputy Chief Ed Callan.
 
 
Photo #2 is a picture of a Second Alarm at 513 Medford Street (Magoun Square) on April 29, 1962. Box 37 was struck at 0559 hours followed by the Second at 0603. The fire originated in the rear of Joe & Nemo's restaurant and extended throughout the one story block. The other stores involved were the North End Meat Market and Mendell's Mens Store. This same building had a Third Alarm on January 18, 1989 (Group 3).
 
 
The Class of  December 26,1967 is shown in this photo taken at City Hall.  Sitting at the desk from left to right are retired Cambridge Fire Lieutenant Joseph Higgins (he was there to take the oath for his son Joseph Higgins Jr. who was serving with the US Navy) and Acting Mayor John Havican.  Standing from L-R are: John Cataldo, Francis DePaola, Thomas Graney, Leo Crowe, Anthony McDaid, David Stagnone, Ronald Lennon and Paul Savage. Missing from the photo are Joseph Higgins, Robert Barletta and Donald Sullivan. Tom Graney, presently a Deputy Chief and the SFD's Chief of Operations, is the last of the group still active with the SFD and is scheduled to retire this March.
John Cataldo retired in January, 2000; Frank DePaola retired in February, 1991; Leo Crowe retired in January, 2000; Tony McDaid retired in August, 1981; Dave Stagnone retired in January, 1987; Ronnie Lennon retired as a Lt. in July, 1989 and sadly passed away on August 31, 1991 following a back operation; Paul Savage retired as a Lt. in April, 1980; Joe Higgins retired a Captain in February, 1996; Bob Barletta retired a Lt. in July, 1983 and Donald Sullivan retired in August, 1977.  
 
 
Photo #4 is of a Third Alarm at 267-273 Broadway (corner of Wheatland St.) on April 12, 1970. Box 322 was struck at 1556 hours followed by a Second at 1557 and a Third at 1603. The fire involved a one story brick block of stores with a 2 1/2 story house above. The fire started in the Columbia Food Store and spread across ceilings into the Manhattan Market, Mystic Tailors and Primo's Pizza as well as into the dwelling above. Three occupants of the dwelling were rescued off the roof of the stores by ladder. The dwelling was razed after the fire and Primo's and Mystic Tailors relocated across the street. The fire was listed as of electrical origin. (Photo courtesy of Anthony Accardi)
 
 
 
Photo #5 and the last for this month is a photo of Engine 2 & Ladder 2 Group 1 at the Cross Street Station circa 1975. In the rear row from l-r are: John Nicosia, John Canty, Barney McGahan, Jim Burns and Tony Aurilio. Front row from l-r are: Lt. Dan Sarno, Bill Castle, Charlie Layton and Dave Salvi.
 
John Nicosia retired in January, 1976 and passed away on October 4, 1991; John Canty retired a Lt. in January, 1983 and recently passed away on December 23, 2006; Barney McGahan retired in January, 2002; Jim Burns is still assigned to Ladder 2, Group 1; Tony Aurilio retired in July, 1981 and passed away on April 3, 1989; Lt. Dan Sarno retired in January, 1980; Bill Castle retired as a Captain in January, 2002; Charlie Layton retired as a Lt. in February, 1986 and recently passed away on February 5, 2007; Dave Salvi is currently a Deputy Chief in command of Group 3.   (A note of thanks to Dave Salvi for the photo) 
 
 
 
Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share

them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 

 

 

 
 

Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 4
Mar 30, 2007

Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a periodic production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them. 

Photo #1 this month is a shot of Deputy Chief Tom Graney carrying one of man's best friends from a burning home at 26 Hinckley Street on March 22, 2000. Firefighters rescued a dog and four cats during the working fire and unfortunately one cat also perished. The fire is believed to have started by one of the pets chewing on an electrical cord. Tom Graney retired in March after a forty year career with the SFD.  (Photo by Capt. Charlie Breen - SFD)
 
 
Photo #2 is a group shot of members of Engine 3 & Ladder 1 (Group 3) taken around 1979 at the Union Square fire station. Rear row l-r: Lt. Jim Welch, Bob Beckwith and Dick Tierney. Front row l-r: Kevin Kelleher, Lt. George "Dukey" Doyle, Tom Carroll, Bob Loan and John Whelan. Lt. Jim Welch retired in 1981, Bob Beckwith left the SFD in 1983 to begin a career as an MDC police officer, Dick Tierney retired in 2002, Kevin Kelleher is now Chief of Department, Lt. George Doyle retired in 1980 and passed away in 1996, Tom Carroll is currently assigned to Ladder 2 - Group 3, Bob Loan retired in 1983 and John Whelan retired in 1980 and passed away in 2001.  (Photo courtesy of Bob Beckwith)
 
 
Photo #3 is a Second Alarm which occurred on February 6, 1940. Box 225 was struck at 0140 followed by a Second Alarm at 0148. The fire heavily damaged the Hill Building located in Union Square at the intersection of Somerville Avenue and Bow Street. A fire in the basement under Nick's Shoe Repair (#37 Union Sq.) spread up into the store and then to the second floor via a stairway. The fire was listed of undetermined origin. The building was also occupied by the Green Tower Restaurant (#2 Bow St), Sam's Shoe Store (#4 Bow), Pop's Variety Store (#6 Bow), #8 Bow St was vacant, #295 Somerville Ave - Leonard's Jewelers and the 2nd floor housed two lawyers offices, a dentist office and the Corbett Dance Studio.
 
 
Photo #4 is a shot of members of Ladder 4 in front of their quarters in August, 1970. From l-r: Ff John Gover, Ff Joe Galvin and Lt. William Blake. John Gover would go on to move through the ranks and retire as Acting Chief of Department in January, 1995. Joe Galvin is now a Lieutenant assigned to Engine 7, Group 4 still working out of the Highland Avenue fire station. Lt. William Blake retired in January, 1981.  
 
 
Photo #5 is of a Second Alarm at 35 Banks Street on January 28, 1956. A cellar fire, caused by a furnace, spread throughout the two and one half story dwelling. Box 425 was struck at 1618 followed by a Second Alarm at 1626.
 
 
Photo #6 is a shot of Firefighter Timothy Reynolds operating Engine One during a job. Tim Reynolds was appointed in 1949, retired in 1982 and passed away in July, 2003.
 
 
Photo #7 is a shot of Lt. Tom Kneeland in the SCBA Repair Shop located in Headquarters. As Tech Services Lieutenant, Tom took great care of the SFD's breathing apparatus. Tom retired on January 22, 2007.
 
 
 
 Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share

them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 

 

 


Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 5
Apr 30, 2007

Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a periodic production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them. 

Photo #1 this month is of the late District Chief Willis "Bud" Greene at a Second Alarm on May 22, 1982. The fire heavily damaged an occupied dwelling on the corner of Franklin Street & Perkins Street. Bud is seen standing outside the Perkins Street entrance preparing to direct incoming companies with wheat light in hand. The fire was ruled arson and started in a first floor rear hallway spreading throughout the building. No telephone calls were received, only the pulling of Box 131 @ 0228 hours. The Second was struck @ 0231. Group 2 had the fire. (Photo by Jim Swanton)

Photo #2 shows heavy fire breaking through the roof of 18 Franklin Street/157 Perkins Street in the early morning hours of May 22, 1982. (Jim Swanton photo)

Photo #3 shows Ff Jack Donovan (E3) and District Chief's Aide Nick Pagliuca starting water in the rear of 415 Medford Street during a Working Fire on December 5, 1981. The fire heavily damaged the Rockford Appliance store. The box was struck @ 0341 hours.  (Jim Swanton photo)

Photo #4 is a shot of Ff Jack Quinlan doing some pompier ladder training at the SFD's drill tower which was located in the rear of the Lowell Street station. Photo was taken during his recruit training in 1953. Jack was appointed on June 11, 1953 and retired on June 20, 1981.

Photo #5 - Lt. Dan Matthews (E1) and Ff Charlie Breen (L2) grab a breather after knocking down a Second Alarm at 73 Cross Street on the morning of April 7, 1979. Box 123 was struck at 0549 hrs followed by the Worker at 0557 and a Second at 0602. The fire involved the second and third floors of an occupied three story wood frame. Dan Matthews and Charlie Breen were both appointed on October 13, 1968. Dan was promoted to Lt. on July 27, 1975 and retired on September 30, 2000. Charlie retired on September 17, 1982.

Photo #6 shows Ladder Two's crew operating at a Second Alarm on Windsor Street on February 21, 1975. The fire destroyed the Hyde Shoe plant located on the Cambridge/Somerville line. From l-r are: Fred Carter, Dave Fitzgerald, Jim Considine and Lt. Dick Cahill. Fred was appointed in 1974 and died on June 17, 1987. Dave was appointed in 1969 and died on October 13, 2000. Jim was appointed in 1974 and retired on August 23, 2003. Dick was appointed in 1961, promoted to Lt. in 1970 and died on November 2, 1992. Sadly, three of these four men died while still active on the job. (Photo by Dave Salvi)

Photo #7 and the last for this month is a picture of Ff/Aide George E. Shaw and District Chief Albert J. McMahon. George Shaw was appointed to the call force in 1909 and appointed a permanent firefighter in 1910. He retired in 1947 and passed away on January 20, 1954. Albert McMahon was appointed in 1915 and was promoted to Lt. in 1927, Captain in 1930, District Chief in 1942 and Deputy Chief in 1944. He passed away while still active on August 9, 1948.

 

Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 


Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 6
May 31, 2007

Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a periodic production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them. 

 

Photo #1 this month is of Ladder 3 in front of the Teele Square Station circa the 1920's. The driver is identified as Andrew Drane. Ff Drane was appointed in February, 1920 and retired in June of 1949. He passed away on December 11, 1957. The truck is a 1920 Seagrave city service ladder truck. It was also equipped with a 40 gallon chemical tank and 200 feet of chemical hose. The purchase price was $9800!
I would have loved to see them throw that wooden ground ladder on the side of the truck!
 
 
Photo #2 is a group shot of members of Ladder 3 circa 1947. From left to right are: Lt. Timothy Dempsey, Gus Anderson, Philip Roderick, Raymond Gosselin and Frank Johnston. Timothy Dempsey was appointed in July, 1918, promoted to Lt. in August, 1930, promoted to Captain in July, 1949 and retired the next month in August, 1949. He passed away on March 13, 1953. Gus Anderson was appointed in April, 1943 and retired in January, 1976. Gus passed away on March 17, 2006. Philip Roderick was appointed in June, 1942 and resigned in September, 1946. He passed away on March 14, 1970. Raymond Gosselin was appointed in September, 1943. He was promoted to Lt. in September, 1949 and retired in January, 1973. Raymond passed away on  December 30, 2006. Frank Johnston was appointed in February, 1920 and retired in May, 1953. He passed away on February 23, 1966.
 
 
Photo # 3 is a Teele Square group shot circa 1979. Rear row from left to right are: Larry Whelan, Dick Peters, Lt. Frank McClellan, Harry LaCount and District Chief Bill Doherty. Front row l-r are: Paul Matthews, Lt. Jim Welch and Phil Giampa. Larry Whelan was appointed in December, 1950 and retired in July, 1982. Dick Peters was appointed in May, 1973 and retired in March, 1996. Frank McClellan was appointed in July, 1951, promoted to Lt. in December, 1961 and retired in August, 1979. Frank passed away on December 10, 2002. Harry LaCount was appointed in December, 1959 and retired in March, 1981.Bill Doherty was appointed in June, 1953 and promoted to Lt. in October, 1968, to Captain in August, 1976 and District Chief in April, 1979. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in February, 1987 and retired in February, 1989. Paul Matthews was appointed in April, 1972 and retired in May, 1999. Jim Welch was appointed in July, 1947 and promoted to Lt. in February, 1957. Jim retired in December, 1981. Phil Giampa was appointed in December, 1965 and retired in January, 1992.  
 
 
Photo #4 is a nice shot of the Teele Square fire station circa 1949. Engine Six's 1932 Seagrave pump and Ladder 3's 1948 American LaFrance 75 foot aerial can be seen in quarters.  The top portion of the bell tower has long been removed. The auto repair garage in the rear of the station has been replaced by what else but high priced condos and the house with attached storefront to the left was destroyed by a third alarm arson job on the early morning of April 19, 1976. The Somerville Municipal Credit Union now occupies that spot. Hard to believe but Newbury Street was a two way back then.
 
 
Photo #5 is a shot of what was then a state of the art resuscitator being placed on the SFD's ambulance in 1949. From l-r are: Sherman Giles, Jeremiah Langone and District Chief Louis Larkin. Sherman Giles was appointed in December, 1937 and retired in January, 1968. He passed away on May 28, 1978. He was also the father of  Dick Giles who served on the SFD from 1961-1986. Jerry Langone was appointed in July, 1947 and retired in February, 1976. He passed away on April 23, 1979. Louis Larkin was appointed in November, 1924 and promoted to Lt. in June, 1930, to Captain in July, 1942 and District Chief in October, 1947. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in November, 1949 and retired in September, 1960. Louis passed away on July 10, 1972.
 
 
 
Photo #6 is a shot of Ff Dan Sarno behind the wheel of Engine 2's 1932 Seagrave hose wagon at the old Cross Street station. Dan was appointed in September, 1947 and promoted to Lt. in April, 1970. Dan retired in January, 1980.
 
 
Photo #7 and the last for this month is a shot of Ff Guido Salvi of Engine 5 taken on October 20, 1971. As can be seen from the background, things are not going well.This was the fire which destroyed the Bargain Center and numerous other businesses from 212-228 Elm Street in Davis Square. Guido was appointed in June, 1949 and retired in August, 1979. He passed away on October 27, 1988. Guido was the father of Deputy Chief Dave Salvi.
 
 
 
 Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share

them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 7
Jul 13, 2007

Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a periodic production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them. 

Photo #1 is a shot of Engine 4's 1954 Robinson hose wagon in front of quarters at Highland Avenue & Grove Street. The driver is John Carli and the officer is Lt. Allyn Leavis. John Carli was appointed in 1943 and retired in 1973. John passed away on February 11, 2002. Allyn Leavis was appointed in 1940, promoted to Lt. in 1949 and retired in 1974. Allyn passed away on December 21, 1992.

Photo #2 shows Firefighters Bill Holley (driver) and Mike O'Neil with Engine 4's 1923 Seagrave pump. Bill Holley was appointed in 1930 and retired in 1961. Bill passed away on January 25, 1963. Mike O'Neil was appointed in 1945 and retired in 1969. Mike passed away on May 13, 1983.

Photo #3 is a shot of Engine Two's horse drawn steamer coming up Cross Street East toward Broadway. In the background are the brick rowhouses just in from Broadway which are still there today. Behind them was a Baptist Church which in more recent years was occupied by the General Insulation Co. and is now vacant and posted as an unsafe structure.

Photo #4 is of Engine Two going to work at a Second Alarm at 4 Washington Avenue on February 19, 1989. Group 4 had the fire which fully engulfed an occupied two story dwelling. The building was a total loss and was torn down. It's since been replaced and the vacant field Engine Two was in is now the site of several townhouses. (Jim Powers photo)

Photo #5 is a shot of Ladder 4 heading out of its Highland Avenue quarters on a run. The driver is Frank Moran and the officer is "Senior Man" Harold MacDonald. Frank was appointed in 1954 and retired in 1991. Harold was appointed in 1949 and retired in 1980. Harold passed away on December 11, 1988.  

Photo #6 and the final one for this issue is a shot of members of the old Headquarters on Medford Street enjoying a game of cribbage in 1946. From left to right are Harold Butler, Lt. James Gillooly, Ed Cutting, Albert Harmon, John McPhee, Tom Deegan and John J. Quinlan. Harold Butler was appointed in 1908 and retired in 1947. Harold passed away on September 30, 1955. James Gillooly was appointed in 1920, promoted to Lt. in 1935 and to Captain in 1949. He retired in 1957 and passed away on March 2, 1962. Ed Cutting was appointed in 1943 and retired in 1975. Ed passed away on June 20, 1997. Al Harmon was appointed in 1934 and promoted to Lt. in 1948. He retired in 1962 and passed away on August 27, 1977. John McPhee was appointed in 1939 and retired in 1956. John passed away on January 18, 1961. Tom Deegan was appointed to the call force in 1903 and joined the permanent force in 1907. He retired in 1946 and passed away on September 22, 1953. John J. Quinlan was appointed in 1936 and promoted to Lt. in 1948. He retired in 1963 and passed away on September 11, 1964.

 

 

Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 


Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 8
Oct 10, 2007

Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a periodic production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them.

Photo #1 this month is a group shot of members of Group 2 grabbing a breather after a tough Third Alarm on June 16, 1988. The fire was in a vacant 2 1/2 story dwelling at 55 Hudson Street. The home was undergoing renovations after a working fire in May of 1987. The fire started in the basement, apparently from the spontaneous combustion of oily rags, and spread all the way up to the attic.
Rear row (l-r): John Mitchell (now battling health problems and we wish him all the best), Jack Beckwith (now assigned to E1, Gr1), Steve Longo (now a Lt. L2, Gr.2), John Cataldo (retired on 1/20/2000).
Front row (l-r): Pat Sullivan III (recently promoted to District Chief Gr.3), Bob MacLaughlin (recently promoted to Lt. & assigned to FP), Frank Sharpe (now assigned to T1, Gr.3), John Byrne (now a Lt. E2, Gr4) and Kenny Parlee (retired on 6/30/2002).

Photo #2 for this issue is a group shot of Ladder Three, Group 2 taken in 1995. (l-r) Bob Murphy, Sly Moore and Captain Jim Hodnett. Bobby Murphy retired in 2000 and passed away on August 9, 2006. Sly Moore is still assigned to Ladder 3, Group 2. Jim Hodnett is now a Deputy Chief and presently assigned to Group 1.
 
 
Photo #3 this issue is titled "GOT MILK?"  Ff George Greene is on the left and Ff Bill Bannister on the right. They were drinking milk to counteract being exposed to chlorine gas during an incident on Bonair Street in 1948. George Greene was appointed in 1947 and retired in 1968. He passed away on February 23, 1980. Bill Bannister joined the SFD in 1942 and retired in 1972. Bill passed away on July 28, 1996.
 
 
Photo #4 is a shot of the Chief's Office taken in 1984. From l-r are: Captain Charlie Siciliano (Training), Lt. Larry Bartlett, Acting Chief William Fitzgerald and Secretary Mary Henkle. Charlie Siciliano was appointed in 1961 and promoted to District Chief in 1985. Charlie retired in 1992. Larry Bartlett was appointed in 1953 and promoted to Lt. in 1961. Larry retired in 1985 and passed away on August 1, 1997. Bill Fitzgerald was appointed in 1947 and retired as Acting Chief on January 31, 1987. Mary Henkle was appointed in 1971 and retired in 1998. (Jim Swanton photo)
 
 
Photo #5 is a shot of Lt. Arthur "Buddy" Ross sharpening his pool skills between alarms at the Lowell Street station. Lt. John McKenzie is looking on. Buddy Ross was appointed in 1959 and promoted to Lt. in 1975. He retired in 1990 and passed away on April 13, 1995. John McKenzie was appointed in 1947 and promoted to Lt. in 1963. John retired in 1977 and passed away on October 20, 2000.  
 
 
 
The last one for this issue is a photo of Ff Wally McLean of Ladder 4 operating at a Second Alarm at 137 Washington Street on July 12, 1978. The two story building was heavily involved. Superior Auto Parts occupied the first floor with the second used for carpet storage. Cataldo Ambulance now occupies the building. Wally was appointed in 1977 and promoted to Lt. in 1989. He is currently assigned to E3, Gr.1.
The first alarm for the fire came in at 2101 hours. Little did they know it at the time but after mopping up this one they'd be at a Third Alarm at 0100 hours at the Weene Sign Co. on Winslow Avenue!
 
 
Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com
 
 
 
 
 

 


Captain's Corner 2007 Volume 9
Nov 29, 2007

 Welcome to "Captain's Corner" which is a periodic production created by Captain Charlie Breen.  "Captain's Corner" will take a look back into the history of the Somerville Fire Department and spotlight the fires and the firefighters who fought them.  

 

The first shot for this edition of Captain's Corner is a group shot taken in front of the Highland Avenue Station. From l-r are: Tony McDaid, Joe Delponte and Lt. Jim Donahue. Tony McDaid was appointed in 1967 and retired in 1981. Joe Delponte was appointed in 1953, retired in 1984 and passed away on February 15, 2004. Jim Donahue was appointed in 1947, promoted to Lt. in 1959 and retired in 1976. The station is still there but the Pepsi thermometer and brass plaque are both long gone. (Photo courtesy of Frank DePaola)
 
 
 
Photo #2 is another shot from Highland Avenue. Shown from l-r: Lt. Richard Mullane, Frank DePaola and Harold MacDonald. Richard Mullane was appointed in 1949 and promoted to Lt. in 1963. He died while still active on the job on February 12, 1976. Frank DePaola (wearing the Lt. helmet) was appointed in 1967 and retired in 1991. Harold MacDonald was appointed in 1949 and retired in 1980. Harold passed away on December 11, 1988. (Photo courtesy of Frank DePaola).
 
 
 
"IT'S LONELY AT THE TOP"   Deputy Chief Dave Salvi waits for arriving companies during an early morning blaze at 202 Highland Avenue on December 6, 1986. The first of four alarms was struck at 0354 hours for a fire in a ground floor apartment which extended throughout the occupied apartment house. Ladder Two rescued two occupants over aerial. Off duty Somerville Fire Alarm Operator Frank Lee along with two fellow sparks Mike Salvi and Ted Pendergast pulled the street box opposite the fire building and conducted a search of most of the building.
(Frank Lee photo)
 
 
 
Photo #4 shows an occupant being rescued over Ladder Two's aerial. The occupants were trapped in heavy smoke.
(Frank Lee photo)
 
 
 
"FLASHOVER"   Heavy fire vents out the ground floor apartment on the "B" side of 202 Highland Avenue. Deputy Chief Dave Salvi directs operations while Ff Bill Hallinan and Captain Joe Higgins prepare to place an attack line into operation. Bill Hallinan is now a Captain assigned to Ladder 2, Gr.3. Joe Higgins retired in 1996. (Frank Lee photo)
 
 
 
 
Another shot of "Probie" Bill Hallinan. Bill was appointed in July, 1986 and assigned to Tower One. Gone are the days of the fire coats from ALB Rubber in Union Square and MSA breathing apparatus. (Frank Lee photo)
 
 
 
 
Photo #7 is a shot of Ff George Invernizzi and George Patten of the Rescue Company taken circa 1947. George Invernizzi was appointed in 1935 and retired in 1965. He passed away on April 16, 1969. George Patten (wearing the gas mask) was appointed in 1935, promoted to Lt. in 1948, promoted to Captain in 1953 and to District Chief in 1961. He retired in 1966 and passed away on August 27, 1969.
 
 
 
Anyone who has any old photos or newspaper clippings and would like to share

them for a future posting of "Captain's Corner" can contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 

 



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