Hundreds attend funeral for Mass. firefighter

Joseph Toscano, 54, suffered a medical emergency while responding to a house fire


By FireRescue1 Staff

WATERTOWN, Mass. — Hundreds of friends, family and colleagues bid farewell to a veteran firefighter who died in the line of duty. 

Joseph Toscano, 54, suffered a medical emergency while responding to a house fire last Friday. His death is the first line of duty death in the state since 2014, according to the Associated Press

He leaves behind his wife and five children.

“We are so thankful to have had a dad like him who blessed our lives,” Toscano’s eldest daughter, Alyssa, said during his eulogy. “We will miss him so much every day, but know that he will be watching over us and love us forever.”

Colleagues of Toscano recalled him as a dedicated family man and firefighter. 

“He never had a bad word to say about anybody,” Deputy Chief Robert Quinn told WCVB. “Joe was a true Renaissance man. He did everything and he did it well.”

Toscano’s casket was escorted by hundreds of firefighters, fire trucks and a parade of bagpipe players through Boston; many attended his wake Tuesday.

 

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