Death of a Firefighter


The death of a Boston fire lieutenant while returning from a “routine medical call” last week was terrible. I’ve been thinking about that in the context of “Wear and Tear” parts I and II and will have some thoughts on this later this week or next.

Out of respect for the life of this fine man, I’m going defer those comments for a while.

Too bad that his union and others are not doing the same. The political jockeying has already started as both the city and the union try to use his loss to their own advantage. Which I find rather disgusting myself. Plenty of time for recriminations, accusations, and political posturing after he has been laid to rest.

Rest in Peace, Lieutenant Kelly.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. It’s a very sad news. Recently stumble upon a story very similar to this one, that is, wrongful death of firefighters. The death of two firefighters in New York is caused by negligence of the apartment that was being rescued by the said brave firefighters. The article can be found at Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman Law blog.

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