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Death of Retired Brother Samuel Asci

August 28, 1920 - November 07, 2014

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Samuel “Sam” Asci, age 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Life Care Center in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He was the husband of the late Marguerite A. (Hallisey) Asci and was the son of the late Giuseppe and Caterina (Del Gizzi) Asci. Sam’s parents raised their family in Brockton. Sam’s older brother was born in Italy so Sam was the first in his family to be born in the USA. Sam remembered a very close-knit family that had dinner together every night. His mother was a fabulous cook and the entire extended Asci family regularly enjoyed the delicious meals she prepared.

A graduate of Brockton High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1942. Assigned to Marine Bomber Squadron VMB 611, he served as a navigator-bombardier in the Pacific during World War II. A decorated combat veteran, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with five battle stars for valorous service.

When he returned home from war-time service, Sam was reunited with Marguerite Hallisey, whom he had met at a dance in Bridgewater nearly ten years before. They were married in 1948 at St. Patrick Church in Brockton, Massachusetts. They had five children and raised their family in Brockton. Sam and Marguerite loved Cape Cod and spent time there as a family. His children remember diving into the water from his shoulders at the beach in Dennis Port where they learned to love the sea. As for other sports, Marguerite taught Sam how to downhill ski. He enjoyed many day trips and extended vacations with his family on the New Hampshire slopes. He enjoyed skiing well into his sixties, even after breaking an ankle on the slopes, which slowed him down for a while but did not hamper his style.

A Brockton firefighter for many years, Sam retired at age of sixty-five as the senior captain in the department. In addition, he served as secretary-treasurer of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 144 and joined in the organized labor effort that improved working conditions and wages for firefighters statewide.

Sam held firmly rooted religious beliefs and was deeply involved in the life of St. Patrick parish. A longtime CCD teacher, he also served as lector and sang in the choir. Using his carpentry skills, he built a small chapel in the sacristy using a reworked wooden altar that originally sat in the lower church.  Active as well in community affairs, he served as a troop leader in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed an active role in the Brockton Interfaith Community to secure housing opportunities for working wage earners.

Sam’s advice to the younger generation was to “work hard and do your homework.”

Sam was the devoted husband of the late Marguerite A. (Hallisey) for 58 years and was the beloved father of William F. (and Anne) Asci of Mattapoisett, Elizabeth (and David) Hayes of East Bridgewater, James (and Paula) Asci of Plympton, Thomas (and Dianne) Asci of East Bridgewater, and Marguerite (and Mark) Alpert of Wethersfield, Connecticut. He leaves his cherished grandchildren, Peter and Samuel Asci of Mattapoisett and Michael Asci of Little Cranberry Island, Maine; Patrick, Timothy and Benjamin Hayes of New York, New York; Catherine Taylor of Grafton, James Asci of New York, New York, and Elizabeth Asci of Quincy; Gregory Asci of Hanover and Christine Asci of East Bridgewater; Max and Grace Alpert of Wethersfield, Connecticut, and four great grandchildren Madeline, Lucy and William Taylor of Grafton and Charles Hayes of New York, New York. Sam is also survived by his sisters, Antoinette Herman of Laurel, Maryland, and Angelina Peterson of Brockton and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Dennis and Americo Asci and his sister Marguerite Asci, all of Brockton.

Sam received wonderful care from the devoted staff of Life Care Center of West Bridgewater.

Funeral Information

Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 12th at 10:00AM  thence to St. Patrick Church, 335 Main Street., Brockton, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul at 11:00AM. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Brockton. Calling hours in the Russell & Pica Funeral Home Tuesday 4:00-8:00PM.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, 335 Main St., Brockton, MA 02301

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Fire Company Shutdown latest Strain for Brockton Fire Department

It is not about just "one aging fire truck".... It is about having the proper number of personnel to respond to the emergencies of Brockton citizens..

There are 139 Days left in the year....

Fire Company Shutdown latest Strain for Brockton Fire Department

The Enterprise

  • Posted Aug. 13, 2014 @ 9:43 am
    Updated at 9:45 AM 

    BROCKTON – Fire Chief Richard Francis looked at an upcoming financial deficit last week and saw only one way out: Shutting down a fire engine.
    The shutdown was the latest in a series of shortfalls besetting the Fire Department, which is down nearly two dozen firefighters and has only two operational ladder trucks.
    “It does create problems for us operational-wise, especially when the calls start picking up,” Francis said. “We’re just going to have to do as we have done in the past – we’ll have to deal with it.”
    Fire engine Company 10 at Station 4 on the East Side of Brockton was temporarily taken offline last Thursday because the city does not have the $160,000 to $180,000 to pay for the overtime necessary to run the engine.
    Typically, the fire chief asks for additional appropriations in the winter or spring, but last week Mayor Bill Carpenter told Francis that the city will not have the money.
    That means the one officer and two firefighters staffing the Ward 5 engine company will be assigned to other teams throughout the city as needed, Francis said.
    “There was no other way to save the money,” the chief said. “There was no way around it.”
    Carpenter’s fiscal 2015 budget increased Fire Department funding 3 percent, primarily for non-overtime personnel costs. The overtime budget remained steady at $470,000.
    The department has 21 firefighter vacancies, based on a 2006 level of 213 positions.
    It is also down to two ladder trucks, both in poor condition and years past their expected life cycle. The city is seeking $1 million in federal funding for a third ladder truck.
    Several factors have contributed to the funding shortfall.
    Last year, the city signed a $3.6 million deal with firefighters, giving them an 11.25 percent raise by 2016. That was followed by a $2 million contract for police officers, approved in May, equaling a 13.25 percent raise by the end of 2016.
    The mayor’s current budget also forgoes the full property tax increase, fulfilling a campaign promise but leaving nearly $3 million in revenue on the table.
    Despite those strains, City Council President Robert Sullivan said Carpenter should have come up with the overtime money, especially considering the mayor just proposed purchasing the Aquaria desalination plant this week for $88 million.
    “You don’t put a price tag on public safety,” Sullivan said.
    Carpenter said public safety will not be affected by the shutdown and that it only involves one aging fire truck, which should be back in service by the end of the year.
    “It is being way overplayed,” he said.

Firefighter cancer rates should spur further action

Firefighter cancer rates should spur further action

An analysis of the health records of nearly 30,000 firefighters in three major American cities reaffirmed the conclusions of numerous smaller studies — professional firefighters have higher incidences of many cancers than the general population.

At this point the evidence seems incontrovertible.

"Compared with the U.S. population, we found small to moderate increases in risk for several cancer sites and for all cancers combined, stemming mostly from excess malignancies of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems in otherwise healthy individuals," reports the Center for Disease Control's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in a study released in October. "Our findings are consistent with previous studies and strengthen evidence of a relation between firefighters' occupational exposure and cancer."

The study also found a strong link between firefighter exposure to asbestos and malignant mesothelioma.

"Given that asbestos is the only known causal agent for malignant mesothelioma, and firefighter exposures are probable, the excess is likely to be a causal association."

Since we accept the scientific findings linking firefighting to increased cancer risk, and since we highly value the service firefighters provide our communities, we accept that society has a responsibility to help firefighters mitigate the risk and, when cancer is diagnosed, to help firefighters and their families deal with it in the best way possible.

Mitigation, we expect, will prove less complicated than remediation.

Last Sunday we reported on local cancer risk mitigation efforts being led by Portsmouth Fire Lt. Russ Osgood and Dave Lang at the Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Osgood became passionate about firefighter cancer risk after seeing two of his colleagues, Sarah Fox and Jeff Bokum, die from cancer in 2011 and 2012. Now he is working with others in the state to educate firefighters about proper use of protective gear and the need to thoroughly wash after exposure to toxic chemicals at a fire scene. He notes that firefighters have no idea what toxins they're exposed to during a fire.

"You have no idea — maybe it's a meth lab, maybe it's a bunch of computers burning, you never know," he told Seacoast Sunday. "A car fire is a toxic soup. You've got rubber and plastic and foam and all that stuff burning. You see that heavy black smoke — well that smoke is unburned product."

"The reality is guys are going to get cancer and you've got to support them," Osgood said.

In 1987, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a law that presumed for the purpose of worker's compensation that all firefighter cancers were work related. That law was later found to be unconstitutional because it was an unfunded mandate. Now, in an attempt to help the law pass constitutional muster, Portsmouth state Rep. Laura Pantelakos intends to submit a bill for this legislative session to fully fund worker's compensation for firefighters with cancer.

While we agree with the intent of Pantelakos' bill, we certainly think the state owes it to taxpayers to assess the full costs of such a program to determine whether or not it is financially feasible. Exactly which firefighters would qualify and under which specific circumstances would need to be clearly spelled out. The success or failure of such a bill will be in its details.

If enhanced worker's compensation proves impractical we strongly urge Pantelakos and her legislative colleagues to explore other means of providing financial protection to the men and women in our fire departments who provide such a vital and often life-saving service to our communities.

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The Kid's Christmas Party Committee would like to thank all the members and family that helped in a successful day.  

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