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FIREFIGHTER MEMORIALS

This page contains information on the variety of Firefighter Memorials within the City of Boston.

The Firefighters Monument at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, 2008.
The Firefighters Monument at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, 2008.


Steam Fire Engine Ladder Truck
The four sides of the Monument each contain a plaque. Steam Engine and Ladder Truck are above.


Protective Wagon Handtub
The four sides of the Monument each contain a plaque. Protective Wagon and Hand Engine are above.

The Vendome Memorial on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall at Dartmouth Street, Back Bay, 2008.
The Vendome Memorial on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall at Dartmouth Street, Back Bay, 2008.


The Vendome Memorial with a closeup of an inscription and the helmet and turnout coat.
The Vendome Memorial with a closeup of an inscription and the helmet and turnout coat.


Closeup of the helmet and turnout coat at the Vendome Memorial, 2007.
Closeup of the helmet and turnout coat at the Vendome Memorial, 2007.

The Maverick Square Fire Memorial, at 20 Maverick Square, corner of Henry Street, East Boston, dedicated
 November 15, 2012, the 70th anniversary of the fire.
The Maverick Square Fire Memorial, at 20 Maverick Square, corner of Henry Street, East Boston,
dedicated November 15, 2012, the 70th anniversary of the fire.


A memorial to the late Fire Fighter Francis L. Murphy, Engine Company 24, at the Murphy Skating Rink, Day Blvd., South Boston (LODD 10/1/1964).
A memorial to the late Fire Fighter Francis L. Murphy, Engine Company 24,
at the Murphy Skating Rink, Day Blvd., South Boston (LODD 10/1/1964).


A memorial to the late Fire Fighter Robert M. Greene, Ladder Company 23, at Castle Island, South Boston (LODD 11/27/1978).
A memorial to the late Fire Fighter Robert M. Greene, Ladder Company 23,
at Castle Island, South Boston (LODD 11/27/1978).


A plaque commemorating the late Fire Fighter Robert M. Greene, Ladder Company 23, at Castle Island, South Boston (LODD 11/27/1978).
A plaque commemorating the late Fire Fighter Robert M. Greene, Ladder Company 23,
at Castle Island, South Boston (LODD 11/27/1978).


The dedication sign at the Fire Lt. Paul M. Lentini & Fire Fighter James M. Gibbons Memorial Diamond at East Second & N Streets, South Boston (LODD 1/6/1981).
The dedication sign at the Fire Lt. Paul M. Lentini & Fire Fighter James M. Gibbons
Memorial Diamond at East Second & N Streets, South Boston (LODD 1/6/1981).


The Fire Fighter Memorial at Florian Hall, IAFF Local 718 Headquarters, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.
The Fire Fighter Memorial at Florian Hall, IAFF Local 718 Headquarters, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.

The Left Tablet at the Florian Hall Memorial, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.
The Left Tablet at the Florian Hall Memorial, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.

The Right Tablet at the Florian Hall Memorial, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.
The Right Tablet at the Florian Hall Memorial, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.

The Memorial to Trumbull Street Fire, at Florian Hall, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.
The Memorial to Trumbull Street Fire, at Florian Hall, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.

The Memorial to the Vendome Hotel Fire, Florian Hall, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.
The Memorial to the Vendome Hotel Fire, Florian Hall, Hallet St., Dorchester, 2011.

The memorial to Boston Firefighters in the lobby of 1 International Place, Downtown, 11/11/2011.
The memorial to Boston Firefighters in the lobby of 1 International Place, Downtown, 11/11/2011.

The dedication plaque at the memorial to Boston Firefighters in the lobby of 1 International Place, Downtown, 11/11/2011.
The dedication plaque at the memorial to Boston Firefighters in the lobby of
1 International Place, Downtown, 11/11/2011.

The memorial plaque honoring Firefighter Gerard P. Dewan, FDNY Ladder 3, September 11, 2001.
The memorial plaque honoring Firefighter Gerard P. Dewan, FDNY Ladder 3, September 11, 2001.

The dedication sign at the Chief (of Department) John A. Martin Playground, Hilltop St., Dorchester.
The dedication sign at the Chief (of Department) John A. Martin Playground, Hilltop St., Dorchester.

FIREFIGHTER'S MONUMENT

Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain

The imposing Firefighter's Monument at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain was dedicated in 1909 to the memory of deceased firefighters of the Boston Fire Department. It is located within the Firemen's Lot at the Cemetery. The Lot was established in 1857, with enough space to provide for 249 graves. The first burials at the Lot were for two firemen who died in the line of duty on May 2, 1858 at 133-139 Federal St., Downtown.

The Monument dedicated on June 13, 1909 is a 9ft, 3in. bronze statue of a firefighter standing atop a granite base. The statue was cast at a foundry in Chicopee, while the base was constructed at Quincy Granite in Quincy. The overall height of the Monument is 26 ft. tall. Attached to the base on the four sides are bronze tablets depicting in bas-relief: a steam fire engine; a hook & ladder truck; a protective wagon; and a handtub pumper. An inscription at the bottom of the base reads: "In Memory of Departed Comrades".

Each year on the second Sunday in June, the Charitable Association of the Boston Fire Department conducts a memorial service to honor the deceased firefighters buried there and to pay tribute to all firefighters who have given their lives in the fire service.

The Firemen's Lot holds the remains of 137 members of the department, including 15 members who died in the line of duty. The most recent burials were in 2007.

Members interred here who died in the Line Of Duty are:

Hoseman John W. Tuttle, Tremont Engine Company 12, May 2, 1858
Hoseman Francis F. Cutting, Tremont Engine Company 12, May 2, 1858
Ladderman Charles Carter, Ladder Company 1, February 18, 1860
Hoseman Reuben Hanaford, Hose Company 5, February 24, 1862
Hoseman George Abercrombie, Engine Company 7, July 11, 1862
Ladderman George Golliff, Ladder Company 1, May 11, 1868
Hoseman James Sturks, Engine Company 15, February 27, 1873
Hoseman Joseph Pierce, Engine Company 4, August 13, 1884
James Sweetzer, Protective Company 1, July 3, 1885
Ladderman Frank P. Loker, Ladder Company 3, November 28, 1889
Hoseman John P. Brooks, Hose Company 7, November 28, 1889
Hoseman Michael Murnan, Hose Company 7, November 28, 1889
Firefighter Edward Connolly, Ladder Company 17, March 21, 1986
Firefighter David A. Middleton, Engine Company 51, May 29, 2007
Firefighter Warren J. Payne, Ladder Company 25, August 29, 2007

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VENDOME MEMORIAL

Commonwealth Avenue & Dartmouth Street, Back Bay

The strikingly dignified Vendome Memorial recalls the tragedy that occurred just a few steps away on Father's Day, June 17, 1972. The fire at the Vendome Hotel claimed the lives of nine firefighters and injured many more. This fire remains the largest loss-of-life incident in the history of the Boston Fire Department.

The Memorial was dedicated on the 25th Anniversary of the Fire, June 17, 1997. It was designed by collaborators at the Third Floor Studio, Ted Clausen, artist, and Peter White, landscape architect. The Memorial is located on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall diagonally opposite the Vendome Hotel building.

When viewing the Memorial, the focus of the sweeping black stone draws a viewer to look up and across the street to the spot where the collapse occurred. At the apex of the Memorial is a firefighters turnout coat and helmet lying as if left there by a firefighter on the day of the fire. The helmet and turnout coat are of 1972 vintage.

A stone bench is situated to a allow a visitor to read the inscriptions and to contemplate the view to the Vendome Hotel. The incriptions on the Memorial lists each of the fallen firefighters, provides a timeline to the fire, and inspirational quotes on the lives of firefighters and the business of fighting fires. The memorial and bench rest upon a plaza of 154 dark pavers which represent the number of Boston firefighters killed up to and including the Vendome Fire.

The nine firefighters who died in the Line Of Duty at the Vendome Hotel Fire & Collapse are:

Fire Lieutenant John E. Hanbury, Jr., Ladder Company 13
Fire Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, Engine Company 32
Fire Fighter John E. Jameson, Engine Company 22
Fire Fighter Charles E. Dolan, Ladder Company 13
Fire Fighter Joseph P. Saniuk, Ladder Company 13
Fire Fighter Thomas W. Beckwith, Engine Company 32
Fire Fighter Paul J. Murphy, Engine Company 32
Fire Fighter Richard B. Magee, Engine Company 33
Fire Fighter Joseph F. Boucher, Jr., Engine Company 22

Dedication Program cover from June 17, 1997. View the Vendome Memorial Program from June 17, 1997.

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MAVERICK SQUARE FIRE MEMORIAL

Maverick Square at Henry Street, East Boston

The Maverick Square Fire Memorial recalls the tragedy that occurred just a few steps away on November 15, 1942. The fire and collapse at Luongo's Restaurant in the old East Boston Lyceum claimed the lives of six firefighters and injured many more. The tragedy was quickly overshadowed 13 days later when 492 persons died at the Cocoanut Grove Fire. In the early 2000's, a brass plaque was installed in the sidewalk near the site. Later, a more suitable monument to the fallen firefighters was proposed. The memorial dedicated on November 15, 2012 is a suitable testament to the fire and the Line Of Duty deaths of six members of the Boston Fire Department. See the Fire Story for this fire.

The six firefighters who died in the Line Of Duty at the Maverick Square Fire are:

Hoseman John F. Foley, Engine Company 3
Hoseman Edward F. Macomber, Engine Company 12
Ladderman Daniel E. McGuire, Ladder Company 2
Hoseman Peter F. McMorrow, Engine Company 50
Hoseman Malachi F. Reddington, Engine Company 33
Hoseman Francis J. Degan, Engine Company 3
Dedication Program cover from November 15, 2012. View the Maverick Square Memorial Program from November 15, 2012.

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OTHER MEMORIALS

  • Firefighters Plot and Memorial to the Hyde Park Fire Department, Fairview Cemetery, Fairview Av., Hyde Park.
  • Fire Fighter Robert M. Greene Memorial, Castle Island, South Boston.
  • Fire Fighter Francis L. Murphy Memorial Skating Rink, Day Boulevard, South Boston.
  • Fire Lieutenant Paul Lentini and Fire Fighter James Gibbons Memorial Diamond, East Second & N Streets, South Boston.
  • Fire Fighter Dennis Crowe Memorial, L Street Bath House, Day Boulevard, South Boston.
  • Charlestown Firefighter's Memorial, Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown.
  • Fire Lieutenant Stephen Minehan Memorial, on the waterfront at the Marriott Residence Inn, Charles River Ave., Charlestown.
  • Chief of Department John A. Martin Playground, Hilltop Street, Dorchester.
  • Fire Lieutenant John J. McCorkle Fishing Pier, Castle Island, South Boston.
  • Fire Fighter Gerard Dewan (FDNY Ladder 3) Memorial, 1940 Centre Street, West Roxbury (Engine 30's Firehouse).
  • Gravestone/Burial plot in Forest Hills Cemetery of Chief of Department William T. Cheswell, Line of Duty Death.
  • Florian Hall (IAFF Local 718 offices), Hallet Street, Dorchester.
  • Memorial to Boston Fire and Boston Police Departments, Lobby of 1 International Place, High & Oliver Sts., Downtown.
  • Memorial Inscription on the facade of Fire Alarm Headquarters, 59 Fenway, Back Bay.
  • Memorial plaques on firehouses across the city where firefighters who died in the line of duty were assigned.
  • Firefighter's Memorial, on the grounds of the Massachusetts State House, Bowdoin Street, near Derne Street, Beacon Hill.
The gravestone and burial plot of Chief of Department William T. Cheswell, Line of Duty Death, 2/15/1906, in Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, in 2011.
The gravestone and burial plot of Chief of Department William T. Cheswell,
Line of Duty Death, 2/15/1906, in Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, in 2011.

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Firefighters Plot, within the triangle area of the three black polished stone posts, at the Fairview Cemetery, Fairview Av., Hyde Park, 2011.
Firefighters Plot, within the triangle area of the three black polished stone posts,
at the Fairview Cemetery, Fairview Av., Hyde Park, 2011.

Memorial to members of the Hyde Park Fire Department, Fairview Cemetery, Fairview Av., Hyde Park, 2011.
Memorial to members of the Hyde Park Fire Department, Fairview Cemetery,
Fairview Av., Hyde Park, 2011.

Stone posts marking the Firefighters Plot at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park, 2012. Stone posts marking the Firefighters Plot at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park, 2012. Stone posts marking the Firefighters Plot at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park, 2012.
Stone posts marking the Firefighters Plot at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park, 2012.

Stone posts marking the Firefighters Plot at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park, 2012. Stone posts marking the Firefighters Plot at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park, 2012. Stone posts marking the Firefighters Plot at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park, 2012.
Stone posts marking the Firefighters Plot at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park, 2012.

A memorial to Charlestown natives who lost their lives as members of the Boston Fire Department.
A memorial to Charlestown natives who lost their lives as members of the Boston Fire Department.

The memorial bench dedicated to Captain Dennis M. Condon, at the Charlestown Firefighter's Memorial, 2010.
The memorial bench dedicated to Captain Dennis M. Condon, at the Charlestown Firefighter's Memorial, 2010. Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony booklet, October 4, 2009.

The memorial plaque to Lt. Stephen Minehan on the waterfront in Charlestown, circa 2010.
The memorial plaque to Lt. Stephen Minehan on the waterfront in Charlestown, circa 2010.

The dedication sign at the Lt. John J. McCorkle Fishing Pier, Castle Island, South Boston, circa 2010.
The dedication sign at the Lt. John J. McCorkle Fishing Pier, Castle Island, South Boston, circa 2010.

The memorial to Fire Fighter Dennis J. Crowe (d. 12/1/1977), Aerial Tower 1, at Day Bvld. & L st., South Boston.
The memorial to Fire Fighter Dennis J. Crowe (d. 12/1/1977), Aerial Tower 1,
at Day Bvld. & L Street, South Boston.





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