Governor Charlie Baker, Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett and State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan recognized heroic acts of bravery during the 26th annual “Firefighter of the Year” Awards. The event took place at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on Monday, November 23, 2015 and recognized recipients with the following awards: Medal of Valor, Individual Meritorious Conduct, Group Meritorious Conduct, the Norman Knight for Excellence in Community Service, and an Excellence in Leadership Award. Firefighters from Boston, Bourne, Chelsea, Brookline, Falmouth, Framingham, Greenfield, Lawrence, Lowell, Marblehead, Massport, Melrose, Nantucket, Norwood, Palmer, Three Rivers, Revere, Saugus, Taunton, Turners Falls, Westwood and Worcester were honored during the ceremony. The State Fire Marshal’s Award was presented to three groups who help firefighters manage the stress and emotional tolls resulting from the performance of their duties. The Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains, the On-Site Academy, and the Massachusetts Peer Support Network created and manage a system that promotes the health, fitness and well-being of Massachusetts firefighters.
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