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.
33rd annual Firefighter of the Year Awards
Nominations for the 33rd annual Firefighter of the Year Awards are now being accepted, but Nominations must be postmarked by July 15, 2022.
Nominations should reflect conduct and actions that occurred between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The head of the department should first review the Nomination Info Sheet for basic information on awards, categories, and criteria. Then, complete and sign the Nomination Form and submit it with any supplemental material (reports, photos, testimonials, etc). Completed nomination packets may be emailed to Kerry.Weihn@mass.gov or sent by mail to Firefighter of the Year, c/o Kerry Weihn, Department of Fire Services, P.O. Box 1025, Stow, MA 01775.
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32nd annual Firefighter of the Year Awards
On Nov. 23, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Public Safety Secretary Terrence M. Reidy joined State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey to honor firefighters from 14 Massachusetts fire departments at the 32nd annual Firefighter of the Year Awards ceremony, held at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall. WCVB’s Doug Meehan emceed the event.
Governor Baker, Secretary Reidy, and State Fire Marshal Ostroskey presented six medals of valor, six individual awards for meritorious service, six group awards for meritorious service, one Norman Knight Award for Excellence in Community Service, and one Stephen D. Coan Fire Marshal’s Award. The awards were presented to fourteen individuals and six groups representing the fire departments of Attleboro, Brewster, Brockton, Carver, Dartmouth, Harwich, Kingston, Lynnfield, New Bedford, Saugus, Somerville, Springfield, Sutton, and Worcester.
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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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