Photo of the Week: Missing fire truck returns home 80 years after devastating blaze
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This week's Photo of the Week comes from the City of Brockton (Mass.), which commemorated the sacrifice of the 13 firefighters who died in the Strand Theatre fire of 1941, and brought home one of the fire trucks that responded to the deadly blaze.
The Squad A truck had been missing for more than 70 years after being sold at an auction in 1948. In 2019, Billerica Firefighter Dave Feyler, who collects antique fire trucks, bought the truck and discovered that it was Squad A, the missing piece of Brockton history. Feyler returned the truck to the city, where it was displayed at the memorial ceremony on March 10.
Squad A carried Firefighters Denis P. Murphy, William J. Murphy, Roy A. McKeraghan and Daniel C. O'Brien to the Strand Theatre 80 years ago, where they died in a structure collapse while battling the massive fire. Also killed were Capt. John F. Carroll, Lt. Raymond A. Mitchell and Firefighters George A. Collins, Batholomew Herlihy, Frederick F. Kelley, Martin Lipper, Matthew E. McGeary, Malcolm McNeil and Henry E. Sullivan.
The memorial event was marked with a presenting of colors by the Brockton Fire and Brockton Police Honor Guards and a musical tribute by the Brockton Firefighters Pipes & Drums, as well as remarks from Brockton officials including Mayor Robert F. Sullivan.