Wakefield Firefighters Observe Memorial Sunday

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Firefighters march into the cemetery from Beacon St. Fire Chief David Parr speaks at the Memorial Sunday ceremony Firefighter Sean Curran served as master of ceremonies. Fire Chief David Parr and Firefighter Sean Curran place a memorial wreath at the Firefighters Monument.

Photographs courtesy Mike Angelo

Wakefield Firefighters gathered at the Firefighters Monument at Lakeside Cemetery on Sunday morning to observe the annual Firefighters Sunday services. Sponsored by the Wakefield Firemen’s Relief Association, the ceremony affords local Firefighters, Auxiliary Firefighters and their families to gather and honor the memory of the many deceased members of the Wakefield Fire Department.

The President of the Relief Association, Firefighter Sean Curran served as the master of ceremonies for the popular event, which featured steamy summer weather. After marching into the cemetery from Beacon Street, firefighters and their families heard an opening prayer offered by their chaplain, Rev. Richard Weisenbach of the First Parish Congregational Church. Other speakers included Selectman Chairman Albert Turco, State Representative Mark Falzone, and Wakefield Fire Chief David L. Parr. Other dignitaries present included Selectmen Steve Maio and John Carney.

Firefighter Curran read the Honor Roll representing the sixty-two deceased Permanent Firefighters that have served the Wakefield Fire Department. After each name was read, the bell on Ladder One was sounded in memory of the departed firefighter, while a piper played Amazing Grace in the background. Firefighter Curran and Fire Chief Parr then placed a memorial wreath at the Firefighter’s Monument, which is also the final resting place of Firefighters Malcolm Burke and Charles Frost. Special mention was made of retired Firefighter E. Morton Holloway who passed away in July of 2004 and whose name was added to the Honor Roll this year.

Special thanks to Firefighter Dan Sullivan and Firefighter Lou Sardella who handle the landscaping at the Firefighter’s Monument; to Honeydew Donuts for their donation of the refreshments for this years services; to Sir Speedy for printing of the services program; and to retired Firefighter Tom Collins who each year decorates the graves of the deceased firefighters in the various area cemeteries.