FRANKLIN — It’s the time of year when many take time out to honor those who have passed on, and the Franklin Fire Department is among them.
Last Sunday, the department hosted its Second Annual Firefighters Memorial service at the fire headquarters in downtown Franklin.
Fire Chief James McLaughlin said the memorial is organized “to pay respect to the former members of the department that have passed away, as well as past line-of-duty deaths.”
Fire Department chaplain Rick Marcoux gave the invocation and benediction. Also addressing the gathering were Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and state Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin. Members of the Franklin Town Council were in attendance as well.
“It is also a great opportunity for retirees and members of the deceased members’ families to get together while at the same time paying their respects to the members who passed away,” McLaughlin said.
During the service, uniformed personnel marched in a processional, followed by greetings, the invocation and recitation of the firefighters’ prayer by Lt. Paul Molla. Battalion Chief Chuck Allen, president of Local#2637, and Fire Chief James McLaughlin placed a wreath in honor of the department’s departed members, whose names were called out in a roll call delivered by Battalion Chief Keith Darling.
Firefighter Matthew Berger lowered the department’s flag to half-staff, followed by sounding of the all-out by retired firefighter Charles Bailey, the benediction by Marcoux and performance of Amazing Grace by the Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums, including Lt. Scott Keefe.
McLaughlin noted that social distancing guidelines and masks were adhered to by all participants. The service was followed by a collation in the fire house.
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