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Death Notice of retired Brother Bruce Duquette

Bruce W. Duquette

June 23, 1947 - April 10, 2014

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Bruce W. Duquette, 66, (Retired Brockton Fire Department)of Lakeville,  passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, April 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was the devoted husband of Mary Ellen (Pranskus) Duquette for 41 years.  Father of Danielle (Duquette) Jigerjian and her husband Greg and Samantha Duquette.

Complete obituary to follow.

Funeral Information

Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St., (Rt123) Brockton on Wednesday, April 16th at 8:00AM thence to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West St., Brockton where a funeral mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul at 9:00AM.  Interment will follow with full military honors in Melrose Cemetery, Brockton.  Calling hours in the Russell & Pica Funeral Home Tuesday 4:00-8:00PM.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Bruce Duquette to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284

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Service:  Our Lady of Lourdes Church

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Bruce W. Duquette

June 23, 1947 - April 10, 2014

Online Obituaries

Bruce W. Duquette, 66, (Retired Brockton Fire Department)of Lakeville,  passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, April 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was the devoted husband of Mary Ellen (Pranskus) Duquette for 41 years.  Father of Danielle (Duquette) Jigerjian and her husband Greg and Samantha Duquette.

Complete obituary to follow.

Funeral Information

Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St., (Rt123) Brockton on Wednesday, April 16th at 8:00AM thence to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West St., Brockton where a funeral mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul at 9:00AM.  Interment will follow with full military honors in Melrose Cemetery, Brockton.  Calling hours in the Russell & Pica Funeral Home Tuesday 4:00-8:00PM.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Bruce Duquette to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284

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IAFF Mourns Loss of Two Boston Local 718 Members

~~IAFF Mourns Loss of Two Boston Local 718 Members

UPDATED March 29, 2014 – The IAFF is saddened to learn that two Boston, MA Local 718 members – Edward Walsh Jr., 43, and Michael Kennedy, 33 -- made the ultimate sacrifice on March 26 while responding to a nine-alarm brownstone fire in the Back Bay section of the City.

Memorial Services Information
 The Visitation for Brother Walsh will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472, (617) 926-9680. The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. also at St. Patrick’s Church.

Staging Area for Lt. Edward Walsh Walk-by
 Members wishing to attend the walk-by at the wake of Lt Edward Walsh on Tuesday, April 1 shall report to the staging area at the old Sears facility at 115 Cambridge Street, Brighton. To enter, go to the intersection of Windom Street and Cambridge Street. This area can be easily accessed from the Mass Pike by exiting at Exit 18 Westbound from the city or Exit 20 Eastbound from west of the city. Buses will be transporting members to the wake at 1:30 p.m. After the walk-by is completed, buses will return members to the staging area.

The Visitation for Brother Kennedy will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the P. E. Murray-F. J. Higgins George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 2000 Center Street, West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132, (617) 325-2000. Firefighter Walk-by will be from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Name Church, 1689 Center Street, West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132, (617) 325-4865.

Staging Area for the Funeral of Lt. Edward Walsh
 All Members attending the funeral of Lt. Edward Walsh on Wednesday, April 2 shall report to the Bayside Expo Center, 200 Mt Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA. This includes Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts members, all Honor Guards, buses and members attending from out of state. Buses will start leaving the staging area at 6:30 a.m. and last bus at 8:00 a.m.


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 Thirteen others were injured, some seriously, and treated at the hospital. They suffered burns and broken bones, but none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

“Our hearts are heavy today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and with all of our Local 718 brothers and sisters during this difficult time,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger.

For service information please look for updates on the Boston Firefighters Local 718 website and Facebook page set up in memory of Walsh and Kennedy. Donation information is below.

The fire started in the basement and spread very quickly because of the 45-miles-per-hour weather conditions. Walsh and Kennedy, both from Engine 33, went inside to assist with the interior attack, but called a Mayday within two or three minutes after entry.

Local 718 leaders report that early indications suggest that the intensity of the flames may have burned through their fire hoses, preventing them from putting water on the fire.

Both Local 718 members are being remembered for their commanding presence. Walsh, who had almost a decade on the job, comes from a family of fire fighters. His father and uncles served in Watertown and were members of Local l347.

Walsh is also remembered as a devoted family man. He leaves behind a wife and three children who are all under the age of 10.
 Kennedy was a six-and-a-half year veteran fire fighter and a Marine Corps veteran. He was one of the first on the scene in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing last year.

He was dedicated to his City and community, even when he was not on the job. He worked with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and he worked hard to assist a blood and bone marrow registry drive in support of a six-year-old boy with leukemia.

A Lieutenant Walsh - Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund has been established at the Boston Fire Boston Firefighters Credit Union.

Donations will be accepted by mail by sending a check to:

 Lieutenant Walsh - Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund
Boston Firefighters Credit Union
60 Hallet Street
Dorchester, MA 02124

Credit card donations are also be accepted on this website.

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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