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Statement on Fire at Madrid Square March 28, 2017

March 29, 2017

The Brockton Fire Department responded to 20 Madrid Square at 16:05hrs on March 28, 2017 after receiving several calls reporting a fire and that a man was trapped on a balcony. Upon arrival Engine 3 reported smoke showing. Ladder Company 1 responded to the rear of the building and found an occupant on the third floor porch with fire showing from the open porch door. Ladder Company 1 raised a 28 foot ground ladder and ascended to affect the rescue of the trapped occupant.  Under heavy fire conditions and at great personal risk Lieutenant Christopher O’Reilly and Firefighter Zachery Davis entered the 3rd floor porch while Firefigher Benjamin Denny utilized a water fire extinguisher to protect the occupant & rescuers and Firefighter Victor Soto-Perez secured the ladder. O’Reilly and Davis then lifted the man over the railing and handed him to Firefighter Benjamin Denny who carried him to the ground.

The occupant suffered burns and was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by Brewster EMS, he was then later transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital where he is currently located.

Lieutenant O’Reilly and Firefighter Davis suffered second degree burns and were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by Brewster EMS. Both members are being admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital today for further treatment.

Deputy Chief Charles Davis was in Command of the incident.

Lieutenant O’Reilly and Firefighter Davis acted with professionalism and bravery under extreme personal risk exhibiting the finest traditions of the Brockton Fire Department.

The fire was investigated by the Brockton Fire Department, the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshal, and the Brockton Police Department.  The fire appears to be accidental and started in the kitchen. The fire is officially under investigation.

At least 30 occupants were displaced from the building due to the fire, water damage and termination of utilities 

Fire Chief Michael Wiliams states “I am very proud of the members and the job that they did under extraordinary conditions. I am not surprised at the bravery that they showed as this is what we are prepared to do every day.”

Firefighter Zachary Davis states “This was not my normal crew but we fell back on our training and the ladder was raised and the rescue was made very quickly.”

Union President Archie Gormley states “I am grateful that our members are safe and that they were able to remove the occupant under such demanding conditions. I cannot express enough, my gratitude to the members of Brewster EMS, Good Samaritan Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for their treatment of our firefighters.  I would also like to acknowledge Mayor Carpenter who responded to the scene and to the hospital to check on the condition of the firefighters and occupants.  Finally, I would like to acknowledge how fortunate we were that the ladder company was staffed with 4 members as this allowed them to quickly raise the ladder, retrieve the man and carry him down. Without these four members this rescue may have had a different outcome.”

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Brockton school committee member, retired firefighter, dies at 69

By Marc Larocque

July 27. 2016 11:57AM

Brockton school committee member, retired firefighter, dies at 69

BROCKTON – Wayne McAllister, who was the first African-American to hold elected office in Brockton, is being remembered for his service as a city firefighter for more than 30 years and as a civic leader known for his frank, thoughtful stances on issues facing the community.
“The one thing I can take solace in, after his passing, is knowing how many people he’s touched and helped,” said Sara Keough, one of his daughters. “He had pride in the city. He loved it here. He was willing to do anything for the residents of the city. That was basically his passion.”
McAllister, who remained on the Brockton Planning Board and the Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee, died surrounded by family at his Brockton home on Tuesday after a long bout with cancer. He was 69.
Keough said her father, who often got other parents involved with community endeavors, such as forming a basketball team at the Arnone School, would never be afraid to speak his mind on issues of education, diversity and access to resources. When he addressed a problem, he researched it thoroughly and didn’t mince words when giving his opinion, said Keough and others.
“He said it like it is,” Keough said. “He had a way of saying things that was direct and to the point. I wouldn’t say it was necessarily rude. But it was frank. And often it was a little funny. That took the sting off, but you got his point, which I think is what made him likable. ... He always had a way with words.”
Former colleagues at the Brockton Fire Department recalled how McAllister taught them the trade. Archie Gormley, president of the Brockton Firefighters Local 144 union, was one of several people who referred to McAllister as a mentor.
“What he meant to the younger members was, when we came on, especially myself, he was looking out for us,” Gormley said. “He took us under his wing. He showed us what it was all about. He was able to make us understand how the fire department ran, and how we should act, and how we should behave, and what are our responsibilities.”
Gormley said the Brockton Fire Department mourns the death of McAllister, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, for which he received an honorable discharge. Gormley also thanked McAllister for his contributions to the firefighters union, as a former vice president for Local 144.
“It’s a loss for all us,” Gormley said. “I learned a lot from him, not only about being a firefighter, but about union representation ... to protect all our benefits and everything that firefighters fought for in the past. ... He was a great community activist.”
Gormley said too many firefighters are dying from cancer.
“People don’t realize this, but that’s the one disease that’ll take most of the firefighters' lives throughout their career,” he said. “I feel very deeply about his family and their loss. We’ll continue to help them in any way we can.”
McAllister was the first African-American elected to office in Brockton, as a representative for the city on the school committee for Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, said friend and fellow planning board member Ollie Spears. McAllister served as a Brockton representative on the regional school committee since 2002, and remained on the committee until his death.

As a member of the Brockton Planning Board, McAllister was among a group of public officials who were named personally as defendants in a $82.8 million lawsuit filed in 2012 by Brockton Power, after the company was blocked from building a gas-fired power plant in the city. McAllister was the only one from the group of defendants who remained in office when Brockton Power dismissed individual defendants named in the lawsuit.
McAllister was also active with the Brockton Chapter NAACP, and was a member of the mayor’s crime and drug task force. McAllister also ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 4 City Council seat in 2005.

Through it all, McAllister was a "straight shooter," Spears said.
"Wayne was a mentor to me, personally and politically," said Spears, who remains on the Brockton Planning Board. "Wayne told it how it is, didn't hold back and stood his ground. This is what I admired about him."
A wake is scheduled for this Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Russell and Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St., in Brockton. A burial with U.S. military honors will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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