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Thirty six years ago today Box 1571 Sounded for a fire in the Hotel Vendome

It is fitting to reflect that 36 years ago the City Boston lost nine men in the line of duty on Commonwealth Ave and Dartmouth Street after a three hour firefight when without warning a sudden collapse took the lives of nine of Bostons bravest. The Vendome Hotel Fire memorial is dedicated to the memories and legacy of those nine Boston members firefighters killed that afternoon Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, Lieutenant John E. Hanbury, Jr. Firefighter Thomas W. Beckwith, Firefighter Joseph E. Boucher, Jr. Firefighter Charles E. Dolan Firefighter John E. Jameson Firefighter Richard B. Magee, Firefighter Paul J. Murphy Firefighter Joseph P. Saniuk .

The City of Boston held a memorial today. Our good friend and legendary photographer Bill Noonan sent me a few photos. I hope he does not mind if I share some of his art with you. I think it is fitting to note that Boston never forgot and never will forget its heros from that day. The deep heritage of honor and duty that is a hallmark of the Boston Fire Department and in a greater sense values for all of the fire service to embrace as this week, we remember the Fathers Day fire, The Vendome Hotel Fire and tomorrow the Charleston Super Sofa Store fire. May God bless and protect us all and remember be careful out there. Bobby

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Comment by Chris Fleming on June 18, 2008 at 9:32am
Thanks for posting the photos and the remembrance. Back in 1997 or '98 Yankee magazine published an article on the Vendome fire and the efforts to build a memorial. It's a very touching article with many personal stories about that tragedy from survivors, and family members. May we remember all of our fallen brothers and sisters and keep them alive in our hearts and minds.

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