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November 29, 2015
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Capt. John McGillicuddy Retires

Capt. John McGillicuddy

The Holyoke Firefighters Local 1693 would like to congratulate Captain John McGillicuddy on his recent retirement. Captain McGillicuddy started his career as a Holyoke Firefighter on April 15, 1991 and retired on October 8, 2015.

On behalf of the brothers & sisters of IAFF Local 1693 Holyoke Firefighters we would like to thank you for your 24 years of service to the City of Holyoke Fire Department, and its citizens. You along with your experience, and dedication you have brought to the job will be missed and we wish you many enjoyable years of retirement.

9 new firefighters sworn in and 6 firefighters promoted

On Friday November 6th nine new Holyoke firefighter recruits were sworn in and six new promotions were announced in the apparatus bays of the Fire Headquarters on High Street.

The ceremony was held before a crowd of family, friends and fellow firefighters.

"Today we are here for a swearing in ceremony for firefighters, one of the world's most honored but dangerous occupations," City of Holyoke Mayor Morse said. "It is a great honor to have this opportunity to swear in these firefighter recruits of the Holyoke Fire Department."

Fathers, sons, wives, mothers, girlfriends and a grandfather had the honor of the pinning the badges before the crowd, Holyoke Fire Chief John A. Pond, the Holyoke Fire Commision and State Representitive Aaron Vega.

The new recruits are as follows:

  • Firefighter Matthew Cadiex
  • Firefighter Kelvin Maldonado
  • Firefighter Joshua Croake
  • Firefighter Matthew Morse
  • Firefighter Michel Daly
  • Firefighter Michael Rohan
  • Firefighter Erryberto Izquierdo
  • Firefighter Joshua Rondeau
  • Firefighter Christopher D'Angelo

Promotion were as follows:

  • Captain Mark Fortin to Deputy Chief
  • Lieutenant Chris Butler to Captain
  • Lieutenant David Rex to Captain
  • Firefighter Ethan Ledoux to Lieutenant
  • Firefighter Chad Cunningham to Lieutenant
  • Firefighter Andrew Lafrennie to Lieutenant

Click here to view pictures from the ceremony

Passing of Retired Firefighter James Porter

The Holyoke Firefighters Local 1693 regrets to inform you of the passing of retired firefighter James Porter.

James R. Porter, age 84, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born and educated in Holyoke, a son of the late James and Rose (Sullivan) Porter. Jim was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with both, the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. He was a retired Firefighter for the City of Holyoke. Jim enjoyed hiking and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Westfield Sportsman’s Club and was part of the Sullivan Circus Family of Holyoke. Jim is survived by a sister, Arden Kreisch of FL; a sister-in-law; Audrey J. Porter of West Springfield; a niece, Arden A. Gallant of Chicopee; three nephews, William W. Porter of Wilbraham, Robert H. Porter and Donald M. Porter, both of West Springfield and several cousins. Besides his parents, Jim was predeceased by a brother, William W. Porter. Donations may be made in memory of Jim to the National Kidney Foundation , 1463 Highland Avenue, Cheshire, CT 06410.

Passing of Retired Chief Leonard Angers

Chief Leonard Angers

The Holyoke Firefighters Local 1693 regrets to announce the passing of Former Fire Chief Leonard Angers, 87, died at his home in Camarillo, California on October 7, 2015. Leonard was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts to Stanley and Lillian Angers on February 20, 1928. His beloved sister, Claire Witkos is the last of eight siblings that is still living. Leonard served our country with distinction in the U.S. Navy during WWII and had a distinguished 34-year career with Holyoke Fire Department, rising through the ranks to become Chief. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Phyllis (Hirt) Angers, sister, Claire Witkos, son and daughter-in-law, David and Cindy Angers, daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Robert Larson, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. His son, Douglas preceded him in death. Leonard will be buried at Forestdale Cemetery, Holyoke, Massachusetts with no formal services. Donations in Leonard Angers' name may be made to the Holyoke Firefighters Association, Firemen's Aide, P.O. Box 1159, Holyoke, MA 01040. Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Family Funeral Chapel, Camarillo, CA (805) 482-1166.

James Street Fire July 1, 2015

Group A went to work on July 1, 2015. At 1728 units were dispatched to a house fire on James street. Companies arrived to find heavy fire showing and went interior. A lot of overhaul and chasing fire in the walls after the main body was knocked down. The boys worked their tails off in the heat and humidity. Oh and being a piece of apparatus short due to E2 being closed. Good job fellas.

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