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VENDOME FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL

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When that bell rings we are all the same. We are a team. We have one job to do.

FF Thomas W. Beckwith
Engine Co. 32
March 22, 1937 - June 17, 1972

2:35 p.m. There is smoke in the cafe of the Hotel Vendome, Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Streets. Workmen pull box 1571.

2:40 p.m. Firefighters arrive, finding smoke and flames coming from the third and fourth floors.

FF Joseph F Boucher, Jr.
Engine Co. 22
January 10, 1944 - June 17, 1972

2:44 p.m. District Four reports Box 1571 a working fire.  At 2:46 p.m. a second alarm is struck.

Our teamwork is everything: your life depends on every other firefighter. You never forget this.

Lt. Thomas J. Carroll
Engine Co. 32
May 18, 1920 - June 17, 1972

3:02 p.m.  A third alarm is struck.

We don’t talk about the tragic fires- it would be too much. We go home to our families.

FF Charles E Dolan
Ladder Co. 13
September 6, 1924 - June 17, 1972

We save lives and property. We are not heroes. We do what we love. We do our jobs.

3:06 p.m.  A fourth alarm is struck.

Lt. John E. Hanbury, Jr.
Ladder Co. 13
May 20, 1926 - June 17, 1972

5:20 p.m. The fire is contained. Companies start to make up, preparing to leave the building.

Our families know that each day could be our last. It’s just part of the work.

FF John E. Jameson
Engine Co. 22
March 29, 1920 - June 17, 1972

The worst is a death, but you learn to let it go. You wouldn’t be able to do your job.

5:28 p.m. Without warning, four rear floors of the Vendome collapse, burying twenty-five firefighters.

FF Richard B. Magee
Engine Co. 33
September 17, 1932 - June 17, 1972

2:00 a.m. Firefighters search the rubble until all are accounted for. Nine firefighters are dead, sixteen are injured.

FF Paul. J. Murphy
Engine Co. 32
March 5, 1936 - June 17, 1972

Sometimes you have to say,"There’s nothing more we could have done.”

Investigations reveal that the Vendome did not collapse because of the fire but from structural weakness.

FF Joseph P. Saniuk
Ladder Co. 13
August 8, 1924 - June 17, 1972

Losing a firefighter brings back every other loss.