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Firefighter of the Year Awards

Firefighter of the Year Heroic 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.

Nominations for the 29th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards

DFS is now accepting nominations for the annual Firefighter of the Year Awards on a rolling basis. Fire chiefs you can forward a nomination at any time.

Please read the Memo from the State Fire Marshal, the criteria for the award, and then use the nomination form to honor the men and women of your fire department for their heroic acts.

28th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards

Photos from the event

Governor Charlie Baker and Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett today joined State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey to honor Firefighters from 22. Massachusetts fire departments for heroic acts of bravery at the 28th annual “Firefighter of the Year” Awards ceremony, held at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall. The event was emceed by WCVB’s Maria Stephanos.

The Governor and Secretary presented 33 awards in total:

  • Three Norman Knight Awards for Excellence in Community Service to a dedicated Wellesley fire and life safety educator, a Lowell firefighter going above and beyond to prevent deaths in the Community Opioid Outreach Program, and an Uxbridge Deputy Chief whose work led to a recall of a faulty combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm.
  • Five Individual Awards for Meritorious Conduct to firefighters from Douglas, Lawrence, Middleborough, and Pittsfield. One event occurred in a school trip in Switzerland.
  • Eight Group Awards for Meritorious Conduct to teams of firefighters from Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Hyannis, Holyoke, Lowell, Turners Falls and Gill, Westwood with Canton, Dedham, Norwood and Walpole.
  • 15 Medals of Valor to individual firefighters from Boston, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Holyoke, Mansfield, and Norwood.
  • The Medal of Honor award was presented posthumously to Watertown Firefighter Joseph A. Toscano.

Read the press release for a full list of the individuals honored at this ceremony.

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