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31st annual Firefighter of the Year Awards

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.

32nd annual Firefighter of the Year Awards

Marshal Ostroskey is pleased to announce that we are starting to accept nominations for the 32nd annual Firefighter of the Year Awards. Since its inception in 1990, the annual Firefighter of the Year Awards has grown from a simple ceremony to honor those firefighters that performed heroic actions to the premier event in the fire service to recognize our firefighters and the outstanding work they do both on and off-duty.

 I hope that you will review the incidents within your own department in the last year and nominate candidates from your department who have gone beyond the call of duty to serve their community. The acts of bravery must have occurred between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, and follow the guidelines included. We are accepting nominations on a rolling basis, so that you can forward a nomination at any time. Nominations must be postmarked by July 15, 2021, and sent to the Department of Fire Services c/o Kerry Weihn or emailed to Kerry.Weihn@mass.gov

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31st annual Firefighter of the Year Awards - Virtual Event

Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Public Safety and Security Secretary Thomas Turco, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey today announced in a virtual presentation the 31st annual “Firefighter of the Year” Heroic Awards. They honored firefighters from nine Massachusetts fire departments whose heroic acts of bravery and public service made a difference in their communities during Fiscal Year 2020.

The Medal of Honor was presented in-person to Tina Menard on behalf of her husband, Worcester Fire Lieutenant Jason Menard, who lost his life in a November 13, 2019 fire during which he saved a fellow firefighter. The virtual ceremony including a tribute to Lt. Menard can be viewed online at: https://www.facebook.com/MassDFS or YouTube .

Sixteen awards were presented to 76 firefighters in these categories: Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor, Group Meritorious Conduct, Individual Meritorious Conduct, and the Norman Knight Award for Excellence in Community Service.

Firefighters from the departments of Attleboro, Chicopee, Fitchburg, Hanover. Hanson, New Bedford, Rockland and Worcester will be honored during the ceremony. Worcester Fire Lieutenant Jason Menard will be honored posthumously.

Read the full 31st annual Firefighter of the Year Awards press release

Read about these local heroes and why they were recognized. 

We hope you will watch the entire ceremony, but here is a timeline of the video

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Prior Year Award Recipients

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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.

Press Release: Gov. Baker Presents 30th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards

Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy Tribute Video

Photos from the event on Facebook

30th Annual Firefighter of the Year Awards

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