Bristol honors fallen firefighters

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252The Bristol Fire Department continued its 59-year tradition of honoring its deceased members with the annual observance of Firefighter’s Memorial Sunday.

The observance began Sunday, June 8 with a Mass at St. Mary’s Church at 11 a.m., celebrated by department chaplain Rev. Barry J. Gamache.

At 1 p.m., Fire Chief Robert Martin accompanied a parade of firefighters from Church and High Street, marching north on High Street to Franklin Street, west on Franklin to Hope Street, south on Hope to State Street, west on State Street to Thames Street, and then south on Thames to Firefighters’ Memorial Park.

At 1:30 p.m., members of local clergy and fire department members attended memorial ceremonies in the park.  A collation, to which the public was invited, followed.

The Firefighters’ Memorial parade was led by this year’s general chairman, Paul Vollaro, a life member of the Defiance Engine and Hose Company, and former captain and deputy chief.

Photos by Manuel C. “Manny” Correira.

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