Each year, the governor presides over the "Firefighter of the Year" Awards ceremony to honor outstanding acts of heroism and bravery as well as community service by Massachusetts firefighters.
31st annual Firefighter of the Year Awards - Virtual Event
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of many events across the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We are not able to hold the traditional Firefighter of the Year Awards ceremony but we will be holding a virtual event, similar to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, to honor the heroic acts of the Massachusetts Fire Service.
Fire chiefs are encouraged to submit additional nominations by September 30, 2020 to the Department of Fire Services, ATTN: Kerry Weihn. The acts of bravery must have occurred between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. The guidelines and the nomination form are below.
The Heroic Awards Committee will meet in early October to make selections so we can have a late November or early December event. This past year has been particularly difficult. Through it all, the members of the fire service continue to answer the call of service to the community, everyday, facing unknown risks. It is important to honor and recognize that service.
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30th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards
Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and other state officials presented awards at the 30th annual Firefighter of the Year Heroic Awards ceremony on November 26, 2019. The ceremony was held at Worcester's Mechanics Hall and was emceed by WCVB TV 5 anchor Doug Meehan.
The Governor and the Secretary presented awards to 14 fire departments in the following categories:
- Two Norman Knight Awards for Excellence in Community Service to Fitchburg and Rochester firefighters for work addressing and supporting victims of occupational cancer;
- An Excellence in Leadership Award to a Westborough captain for his work on peer support and critical incident stress management.
- Ten Group Awards for Meritorious Conduct to teams of firefighters from Boston, Everett, Fall River, Revere, Rockland, Saugus, Sudbury, Westborough and Worcester
- 10 Medals of Valor to individual firefighters from Boston, Everett, Fall River, Revere, Rockland, and Worcester
- The Medal of Honor award was presented posthumously to Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy.
Photos from the event on Facebook