Firefighter Paul J. Roberts after a vehicle fire in 2009
Chief Richard Pierce regretfully announces the Line of Duty Death of twenty one year veteran Firefighter Paul J. Roberts. Firefighter Roberts was a dedicated firefighter and family man. He will be remembered for his quiet, good nature and his unforgettable smile. Firefighter Roberts touched many lives during his time with the Beverly Fire Department and his presence will be sorely missed.
On the afternoon of May 22 Firefighter Roberts’ Engine Company was dispatched for a coverage assignment. When Firefighter Roberts failed to respond to the alert tone, his Company Officer found him in the second floor of the station in cardiac arrest. Firefighter Roberts fellow firefighters worked feverishly with Paramedics from Northeast Regional Ambulance in an effort to revive him before he could be transported to Beverly Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Firefighter Roberts is the first Firefighter to die in the line of duty since March of 1983.
The thoughts and prayers of all of us at the Beverly Fire Department are with his family at this most difficult time.
Wake arrangements: Thursday, May 28, 2009 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Campbells Funeral Home 978-922-1113 525 Cabot Street Beverly, MA 01915
There will be a walk-by ceremony at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 28, 2009. Formation will be at 6:00 PM at a St Johns Church which can be accessed from 552 Cabot St. Dress code is Class "A" uniforms, retirees welcome.
Funeral Arrangements: Friday, May 29, 2009 11:00 AM
Immanuel United Church of Christ 978- 922-3174 140 Bridge Street Beverly, MA 01915
Fire Fighters are asked to meet at the Livinghope Church-The Nazarene (previously St. Alphonse Church) 188 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923 Map at 9:30 AM on Friday, May 29th. Firefighters will be shuttled to the Church and back again to the staging area.. Dress Code will be Class "A" retirees welcome.
All color and honor guards are welcome. The Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drums have been requested for the funeral.
Collation: Following the funeral there will be a collation at the Vittori Rocci Post 143 Brimbal Ave, Beverly. There will be no interment at this time.
Heavy fire blows out of three second floor windows at fire building on Pleasant St
House Fire at 5 Pleasant St
At 1415 on 26 May, the Beverly Fire Department received a report of a building fire at 5 Pleasant St. Captain James Maggiacomo was the first to arrive on scene finding heavy fire blowing out of the front corner of a two and one half story brick and wood building. Residents reported that all occupants were out of the building, but there were two cats inside. Maggiacomo ordered a second alarm starting Engine 3, a Salem Engine and a Wenham Engine to the scene.
Engine 1 arrived and stretched a hose line through the front door to a set of stairs where they encountered heavy fire and heat conditions. Firefighter Steve Grant and Lieutenant Russell Halloran on the line immediately hit the heavy volume of fire overhead and began to advance up the stairs where they encountered a room fully involved in fire. While Grant and Halloran worked inside knocking down the heavy fire, Lieutenant Eric Fowler and Firefighter Brian Mahan climbed Ladder 1 to the roof of the structure and cut holes to ventilate tremendous amounts of heat and smoke that were building up in the concealed attic areas.
Additional crews from Engine 3 and Salem assisted inside digging out hidden fire above the ceiling and behind walls. Stubborn hidden fires were hidden in small hard to get at areas left behind by different structural elements of the building including a small dormer in the front of the home.
“These guys made a great stop”, said Chief Richard Pierce, “the first firefighters in really took a beating but knocked down a significant amount of fire in a very short time preventing the fire from extending throughout the second floor and into nearby exposure buildings” he continued.
The bulk of the fire damage was sustained on the second floor apartment but the entire building was left uninhabitable. Firefighters had National Grid respond to the scene to disconnect electrical utilities. Two second floor occupants were transported to Beverly Hospital for smoke inhalation, the two remaining occupants stated that they would be staying with friends and family. One of the cats was found deceased in the apartment on the second floor, a second was seen fleeing the scene safely outdoors.
According to records, the home was built in the 1930’s and has a value of roughly $303,000. Damage is estimated at roughly $100,000.
Lieutenant Halloran suffered a minor hand injury but remained on duty.
Pleasant Street and the portion of Cabot Street in that area were blocked by fire apparatus throughout the incident.
The fire is currently under investigation by Beverly Fire Department fire investigators who remain on scene with a Beverly Engine.
Manchester, Hamilton and Peabody covered Beverly stations throughout the incident while Wenham Engine 4 responded to the scene of the fire as a Rapid Intervention Team and Roger Baker responded to the scene to provide firefighters with fresh water.
Beverly Fire Department Divers locate missing diver
Missing Diver Recovered 5/20/09 Beverly Fire Department Divers worked along side State Police Divers, Northeast Ambulance, Mass Environmental Police and the US Coast Guard during a search for a missing diver that lasted three days and covered a vast area. The incident began when divers were dispatched for a report of a missing diver in the waters off the coast of Gloucester on Monday May 18. Divers were transported to the scene of the Chester Poling, a sunken tank ship about a mile off the Gloucester coast, by a US Coast Guard Vessel.
The diver was found by Beverly Fire Department divers on Wednesday May 20 during a search of 93 foot deep waters adjacent to the Poling. The recovery effort was then turned over to the State Police Underwater Recovery Team.