Friday, August 31, 2007

Sending a Prayer North to Boston

I know from past experience that those in the Blogosphere are very good at sending warm wishes, good thoughts, words of encouragement and support, and whatever sort of comfort or aid is needed for those in time of need so I'm going to ask you, once again, to send some of those good thoughts and prayers on to those who need it.

The Boston Fire Department suffered a major loss last night when two of their finest died in the line of duty while battling a restaurant kitchen fire in the Roxbury section of the city. Killed in the blaze were Paul Cahill, 55, of Scituate, and Warren Payne, 53, of Canton. Both men served on Engine 30, Ladder 25, which was the first unit to respond to the fire. Payne, a 19-year veteran, leaves behind a wife and two children. Cahill joined the department in 1993. He is survived by a wife and three children.

Boston Firefighters
Warren Payne and Paul Cahill

In addition to the two deaths, nine other firefighters and one paramedic were injured during the blaze and have since been released from area hospitals. Another firefighter is still being treated for smoke inhalation but could be released today.

These kinds of tragedies seem to be happening way too often lately along with an increased number of senseless line of duty deaths in the police community. Statistics that were released last month showed that 101 local and federal law enforcement officers had died on duty in the first half of 2007, 31 more than had died at the same time last year. Even more disturbing is the fact that it was the first time in three decades that the toll had reached more than 100.

All of these men and women know that they go into a dangerous career field when they choose a career in either law enforcement or firefighting but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do all we can to protect them and ensure that they are able to go home to their families at the end of their shifts.

Please join me in sending up a prayer for the families of Firefighters Payne and Cahill during this time of tragic loss. Also, please send out thoughts of support and encouragement to the other firefighters injured in the Boston blaze. May God bless and protect them all.
  • Firefighter Paul Stanley, Rescue 2
  • Lieutenant Don Mullen, Rescue 2
  • Firefighter Reynaldo Estremara, Ladder 16
  • Firefighter Ken Gibson, Engine 55
  • Firefighter Ed Saniuk, Tower Ladder 10
  • Captain Stephen Keogh, Engine 30
  • Firefighter Bryan Dale, Engine 30
  • Firefighter Charles Follet, Engine 30
  • Lieutenant Michael Palizzolo, Ladder 25
  • Firefighter Robert Hayes, Ladder 25
  • Firefighter Michael Feeney, Ladder 25


  1. Good thoughts and prayers for them and their families. These men and women do so much for us with little thought or praise until one is lost in the performance of their duty.

  2. These brave men and their families are most definitely in my thoughts and prayers. It takes an amazing amount of courage to choose one of these careers and I am in awe of their dedication and bravery and the sacrifice that their families make to keep us all safe and sound.

  3. I echo what has been said. What really gets me is the $22 million bonus paid to Michael Vick to play football! It is so unfortunate that our true heroes are not paid what they're worth!!!
    May God bless the families of those who have been touched by loss and sorrow and for those who suffered injuries.

  4. As an aside - our local newspaper has won the right to publish the salaries of our firemen in the paper. They're claiming that they make too much overtime. Stuff like this really gets my panties in a wad!!!

  5. oh dear. I hadn't heard this sad news. thanks for sharing and I do send warm wishes to all the families and friends.

  6. Honestly we really don't pay attention to those who save lives (Linda included) on a daily basis. Their work is saving life first, then property. These are good people who put their safety second...God bless.

  7. Anonymous10:00 AM EDT

    This fire happened about 2 miles from my house. I occasionally used the dog grooming shop that got burned out. Terrible thing.

  8. I'm with Amazing Gracie. I was going to say the same thing. Only in California.

    I don't think they get paid nearly enough for the thankless jobs they do every single day. God bless all firefighters and their families. Excellent post Linda. Bless you. It's a sad day. :(

  9. This is so sad. They are all in my thoughts as are their families and friends who are coping with the loss.

  10. Anonymous1:42 PM EDT

    Wow, Gracie hit the nail right on the head! It's it amazing how the real heroes do what they do for the love of the job and the love of helping others. But, they are compensated very poorly! We should stand up and salute our heroes! Great post, Linda. I'm sending good thoughts and prayers to them all.

  11. Condolences to their families. You did wsll to highlight this tragedy.

  12. I have an uncle and a cousin who are heart goes out to these families

  13. Once again nicely said. I will be keeping these brave men in my thoughts, its such a shame.

  14. I'm very sorry to hear that. My thoughts and prayers go out to all their families.

  15. My condolences to the families and friends of these brave men.
    Kudos to you, Linda, for highlighting the work our firefighters and police officers do to protect the public.

  16. My thoughts & prayers are with them and ALL public service heroes who put it on the line each & every day. They seem to do so much for so little, and unfortunately, it takes a tragedy for them to even be noticed sometimes! May God bless each and every one of them!

  17. My thoughts are with the families o those you have mentioned x x x


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