For Immediate Release - April 01, 2011


Honoring Firefighters

Governor Deval Patrick meets with Boston firefighters who aided in rescue, including Ballin Wright and Gary Dardia in the Governor's Office." (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office). View additional photos.

BOSTON - Friday, April 1, 2011 - Governor Deval Patrick today met with several firefighters who aided in the rescue of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) electrician Edward Rowe, who fell nearly 30 feet into a concrete shaft near the Red Line's Charles Street/MGH station on March 30.

"This act of heroism helped save Edward Rowe's life, and I want to extend my thanks to these brave firefighters for acting quickly and professionally in the line of duty," said Governor Patrick.

During today's meeting, the Governor thanked Ballin Wright and Gary Dardia, the two Boston Firefighters from Rescue 1, who lowered themselves into the shaft, and hoisted Rowe out during the rescue. Boston Fire Department Commissioner Rod Fraser, Acting Chief John Hasson, members of the command staff, and men and women from Rescue 1, Engine 4, Engine 10, Ladder 24, and Tower Ladder 3 were also present.

On Wednesday, March 30, Edward Rowe, an MBTA electrician who was cutting power to the third rail to allow fellow repair workers to safely access the Longfellow Bridge, stepped on a wooden plank covering a small hole. The wood plank gave way and Mr. Rowe fell between 25-30 feet into a concrete shaft, where he was injured before being lifted out of the hole by the rescue team around 7 A.M. As a result of this incident, MassDOT has ordered all wood covers on the Longfellow Bridge be immediately replaced with steel covers, and has initiated a complete assessment and investigation of the incident.


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