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
Join us for the 31st annual Firefighter of the Year Awards Ceremony on March 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. This year it will be a virtual ceremony because of the pandemic, but these brave firefighters deserve tremendous recognition. You can see it on Facebook or on YouTube.
Sixteen awards will be 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.
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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