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2015 Robert B. McCarthy Golf Tournament

The Robert B. McCarthy Golf Tournament will again be held at Juniper Hills Country Club in Northborough on July 24th, 2015 where we expect to welcome over 200 golfers! 

 

Last year alone, the Health and Welfare Trust was able to award over $48,000 to the PFFM John J. and Nora Jennings Scholarship, The John J. Jennings Scholarship, and The T. Dustin Alward Scholarship.

 

In addition to 18 holes of golf, there will be raffles for outstanding prizes as well as a longest drive and closest to the pin contests.

 

Your registration fee will, include a continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, and a full buffet dinner reception to follow, as well as player gift, and a chance to win a NEW CAR with a hole in one!!!

 

Please Join us to continue the success of this great event.

 

Online registration is easy.  Just click HERE.

Friday July 24th, 2015

 9:00 AM Shotgun Start
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Northbrorough, MA 01532
  


 
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Firefighters Recall Colleagues Who Died from Occupational Cancer

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Three Boston firefighters painted a grim portrait as they sat in front of a wall plastered with images of their fallen comrades. These colleagues did not perish in a raging fire or after falling into a collapsing building, they all succumbed to occupational cancer.

By Meghan E. Irons GLOBE STAFF  MAY 04, 2015

As a camera pans, three Boston firefighters sit in front of a wall plastered with images of their fallen comrades.

Their colleagues did not perish in a rampaging fire or in a sundered building.

They all succumbed to cancer.

Their stories were on full display during a screening last week of a new, emotional video on the toll cancer has exacted on Boston’s firefighting force. Since 1990, more than 160 Boston firefighters have died from the disease, fire officials said, and every year, 20 firefighters are diagnosed with cancer.

“The first thing that went through my head when the doctor said I had cancer was that, ‘I’m going to die,’ ” Firefighter Mark Matthews says in the video. “The question I asked him was: ‘When?’ ”

The video shows women posting on the blank wall pictures of their husbands lost to cancer. A firefighter tearfully recalls a colleague buried close by. Family members hold the uniform hats of their loved ones.

“It’s killing our members, simple as that,” Commissioner Joseph E. Finn says in the video. “The one thing that is going to kill firefighters more quickly than a building collapse, more quickly than getting trapped — it’s cancer.”

The video is part of Finn’s appeal to the city’s 1,400 firefighters to always wear their protective gear — including hoods and air masks — even as a blaze retreats and begins to smolder. Chronic exposure to heat and smoke toxins leaves firefighters vulnerable and at risk, officials said.

Finn commissioned the documentary, produced by Embryo Creative of Boston, as part of his safety, health, and wellness campaign. He also called on veteran members of the Fire Department living with cancer to help him.

The commissioner held a private screening at Florian Hall — the home of Boston Firefighters Local 718 — on Thursday with families of firefighters stricken with cancer. He said the department had recognized for a long time cancer’s impact on the force, and said the administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh is supporting resources that address firefighters’ health and safety.

Finn showed families four versions of the video — one lasting seven minutes; the others much shorter — saying he wanted them to have a first look at the project before making it public. The department plans to show the video at the city’s 33 firehouses, and to the mayor and City Council. The video also will be on the department’s website and, later, on social media. Finn will also present the video at a meeting on firefighter cancer prevention in Phoenix this week.

The department used $30,000 from a training grant to have the video made.

The video uses somber music that builds, aiming to tug at the heartstrings and conscience of a force known for its toughness and machismo. Tearful participants urge firefighters to always use their air tanks and wash their soot-laced clothing after a blaze.

At the end of the video, a roster of the lives lost to cancer rolls on the screen.

“You want to make it memorable,’’ said Steve MacDonald, spokesman for the department. “Firefighters go through a lot of training. The purpose of the video is to make an impression in the firefighters, to make them remember it.”

The video starts with Firefighter Kevin McNiff, a 27-year member of the force, sitting in front of a wall of portraits posted on the third floor at Boston Fire Department headquarters. He suffers from stage four kidney cancer that has spread to his lungs.

“Cancer is taking the job I love away from me,’’ he says.

Matthews was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Mother’s Day last year, he said in an interview. He had surgery in the fall to remove 40 percent of his pancreas. But the cancer raged back and has metastasized to his liver. Doctors have given him nine months to live, he said.

He does not know what caused it, but can’t help but wonder whether the hazardous fumes and chemicals he encountered while extinguishing fires over the past 30 years had something to do with it.

“The new kids come on, and they think they can lift the whole world; you are not thinking that’’ you can get cancer, Matthews said in the interview.

He said he knows many other firefighters with the disease. He named 10 people he said have had cancer during his years in the firehouse on Columbus Avenue.

“I call it the contaminated house,’’ said Matthews, who eventually moved to another station.
He worked as an engineman, among the first firefighters charging into a building to the seat of a blaze, where the fire rages most ferociously. After firefighters would tamp down the fire, Matthews said he did not always keep on his air mask, a bad habit he hopes other firefighters avoid.

“For the younger guys, wear your mask all the time,’’ Matthews warned. “Old-school guys like me didn’t always keep our masks on. Guys, we aren’t made out of plastic.”

The video also features Billy Foley, a 64-year-old retired member of the force who has brain cancer and stage four lung cancer. A 38-year veteran of the department, Foley says in the video he and his colleagues never talked about cancer in the firehouse and that maybe he did not wear his air mask when he should have.

In an interview, Foley said he “was not one of those people who went to a hospital — or a doctor.” But in October 2009, while battling a fire on Purchase Street, he was taken to the hospital when the hatchback of his chief’s car struck him on the head. His vision instantly became blurry.

Less than a week later, he said doctors operated on his head and removed a tumor the size of a tennis ball. The cancer had originated in his lungs, he said in an interview.

His life is now laced with regular cancer treatments and visits with specialists.
At the screening Thursday, Foley sat with his wife and five children. An image of him came on a large screen. His children leaned into each other as he spoke. His wife, Maryann, wiped tears from her eyes.

“It affects our family tremendously,’’ she later said. “It’s life-changing.”

Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons

Statement by Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 IAFF & the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) on the Back Bay Fire Investigation.


Line of Duty Death (LODD) Cancer - Brother Raymond Thomas L1657 - Hull, MA


International Association of Fire Fighters Information on Defined Benefit Pension plans

Defined Benefit Pension plans are important to help fire fighters retire with dignity. Watch this new IAFF pension video to help protect the retirement of fire fighters.

Posted by International Association of Fire Fighters on Thursday, July 24, 2014

The International Association of Fire Fighters has released this new video, please take a few moments to watch... then share with your friends. It explains how our Defined Benefit Pensions are Deferred Wages: “Every payday firefighters put part of their paycheck into their pension system and accept lower pay for receiving a pension when they retire…”


The Dropkick Murphys ‘Literally Hate’ Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

The Dropkick Murphys ‘Literally Hate’ Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

The Governor used a Dropkick song during an event, which didn't sit well with the band. 

By Steve Annear | Boston Daily | January 26, 2015 1:36 p.m.

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A Facebook fan wants to know: why is a “union-busting” politician from Wisconsin using the music of a working-class-loving punk band from Boston to greet his supporters during a nationally televised event? The Dropkick Murphys—and their loyal following—aren’t too sure, but they want it to stop. Immediately.

Over the weekend, band members posted a Tweet and subsequent Facebook message telling Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to cease playing their song “Shipping Up to Boston” when making public appearances.

There was no beating around the bush or holding back when they addressed the news that Walker took the stage to the anthem (at around the three-hour, 22-minute mark) during the Iowa Freedom Summit:

Hate is a strong word, but the reason The Dropkick Murphys were so adamant that Walker, in particular, not use their song, is because of the values that the band stands for. That, and they previously warned other Wisconsinites who support Walker not to use their music back in 2012:

We just got word that Wisconsin State Rep. and Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald used “Shipping Up To Boston” as his walk-on song yesterday at the Wisconsin GOP Convention in Green Bay. The stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate – and crony of anti-Union Governor Scott Walker – using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap! Fitzgerald: if you and your staff can’t even figure out your music you might wanna give up on the politics!!!!!

Walker is known as the Republican governor who introduced legislation in 2011, called Act 10, that essentially stripped public unions of their collective bargaining rights. The Dropkick Murphys didn’t like that, as made clear when they blasted Fitzgerald back in 2012, a year after the legislation was passed.

“We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S.,” they wrote at the time.

After all, they did support Mayor Marty Walsh, a “union guy.”

SourceURL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2015/01/26/dropkick-murphys-literally-hate-wisconsin-governor-scott-walker/



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2015 Robert B. McCarthy Golf Tournament

The Robert B. McCarthy Golf Tournament will again be held at Juniper Hills Country Club in Northborough on July 24th, 2015 where we expect to welcome over 200 golfers!    Last year alone, the Health and Welfare Trust was able to award over $48,000 to the PFFM John J. and Nora Jennings Scholarship, The John J. Jennings Scholarship, and The T.

Firefighters Recall Colleagues Who Died from Occupational Cancer

Three Boston firefighters painted a grim portrait as they sat in front of a wall plastered with images of their fallen comrades. These colleagues did not perish in a raging fire or after falling into a collapsing building, they all succumbed to occupational cancer.

Line of Duty Death (LODD) Cancer - Brother Raymond Thomas L1657 - Hull, MA

The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts regret to announce the Line of Duty Death of Brother Raymond Thomas, Hull Fire Fighters L-1657.

International Association of Fire Fighters Information on Defined Benefit Pension plans

The International Association of Fire Fighters has released this new video, please take a few moments to watch... then share with your friends. It explains how our Defined Benefit Pensions are Deferred Wages: “Every payday firefighters put part of their paycheck into their pension system and accept lower pay for receiving a pension when they retire…”

The Dropkick Murphys ‘Literally Hate’ Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

The Governor used a Dropkick song during an event, which didn't sit well with the band. A Facebook fan wants to know: why is a “union-busting” politician from Wisconsin using the music of a working-class-loving punk band from Boston to greet his supporters during a nationally televised event? The Dropkick Murphys—and their loyal following—aren’t too sure, but they want it to stop. Immediately. Walker is known as the Republican governor who introduced legislation in 2011, called Act 10, that essentially stripped public unions of their collective bargaining rights. The Dropkick Murphys didn’t like that, as made clear when they blasted Fitzgerald back in 2012, a year after the legislation was passed. “We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S.,” they wrote at the time. After all, they did support Mayor Marty Walsh (D-BOSTON), a “union guy.” By Steve Annear | Boston Daily | January 26, 2015 1:36 p.m.


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