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
Marshal Ostroskey is pleased to announce that we will be starting to accept nominations for the 31st 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 fire chiefs will review the incidents within their own departments in the last year and nominate candidates who have gone beyond the call of duty to serve their community. The acts of bravery must have occurred between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, 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, 2020, and sent to the Department of Fire Services c/o Kerry Weihn.
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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