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Seven Somerville Firefighters were honored for their bravery yesterday during an award ceremony held at the Department's Winter Hill Headquarters.
Michael Marino, Lt. Michael Anzalone, Jack Beckwith, Robert Galvin, Pat Dorant, Michael Powers and Ryan Epps were the men of the hour. They received the awards as friends, family, children and a dozen off-duty firefighters looked on.
Liberty Mutual Insurance awarded the seven with the company's Firemark Award for Heroism following two incidents over the summer where these men exemplified "fearless valor and bravery," said Liberty Mutual sales rep Mike Litano.
One of those incidents occurred on July 10 when a woman, who could not swim, was trapped in her car as she drove through the flooded underpass on Rt. 28. Off-duty firefighter Michael Marino swam through the sewage-filled water to rescue the woman. Marino was assisted by Fire Lt. Michael Anzalone, Firefighter Jack Beckwith and Firefighter Robert Galvin in bringing the woman to safety.
Firefighters Pat Dorant, Michael Powers and Ryan Epps were commended for their action during a fast-moving house fire on July 27. The three rescued two residents from the third floor of the burning house.
"We take it for granted here in the city because we have such an incredibly responsive and professional fire department," said Mayor Curtatone. "It's second nature, we expect our firefighters to be there first because of their expertise, their commitment, and their compassion to run through any door, through any blaze and to rescue those in need and those in peril."
The City's Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher also addressed the crowd, saying that Liberty Mutal approached the department after hearing about these events on the news.
"The most important thing is that these folks put their lives on the line. These were very courageous acts and one doesn't overshadow the other, and they are very reflective of our department," he said.
The Department received two calls during the ceremony and each time, several of the Firefighters in attendance sped off to respond.
"These seven individuals reflect the best of the Somerville Fire Department, and the good work we do every day as an entire department," Kelleher continued. "As you can see we are busy, and another call and we won't have anybody standing here," he joked.
Each year Liberty Mutual gives out about 25 of these awards nationwide. From those 25, two are picked to receive a $10,000 grant for their department. All of the Somerville Firefighters recognized yesterday are candidates for the grant.
There's a lot going around the city this evening…I've pulled these from our events listings, click on the links to find out more information.
Head to the farmer's market in Davis Square to pick up some fresh fixins' for dinner.
Then… head to Dave's Fresh Pasta for a wine tasting to pair a nice bottle with the dish that you plan on concocting.
After dinner, you can go work off those calories with a tango lesson with the Tango Society of Boston in Union Square.
Or...Head to Redbones to the kick off of their Annual Northwest Fest. Sample craft beers and munch on free appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m.
Then, you have a few options of what to do: swing by Johnny D's to hear Raul Malo and Shannon Whitworth sing the blues.