Dracut Fire Department Recognizes and Promotes Firefighters

Dracut Fire Department Recognizes and Promotes Firefighters

October 19, 2022 Off By administrator
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Members of the Dracut Fire Department at Harvey J. Gagnon Harmony Hall on Tuesday night. “I am proud to be a member of such a dedicated group of individuals,” Chief Richard Patterson said. (Courtesy Dracut Fire Department)

DRACUT — The Dracut Fire Department held the first of what it is hoped will become an annual ceremony to recognize bravery and exceptional work among firefighters, and to promote and swear in members. 

In a ceremony at Harvey J. Gagnon Harmony Hall, Chief Richard Patterson presented several members with awards for service in the past year, a tradition he intends to make an annual event.

“Each and every day the members of your Fire Department give nothing short of 100 percent and face the challenges presented to them. I am proud to be a member of such a dedicated group of individuals,” said Chief Patterson. “They all deserve recognition. We have both good days and bad days on the job, and while some individuals will be highlighted tonight for the good days, I guarantee there is a team behind them that helped make them a success.”

Lt. Shane O’Donnell, president of the firefighters union, IAFF Local 2586, said firefighters often deflect praise by saying, “It’s just part of the job,” and have difficulty accepting individual praise because of their belief in teamwork, and desire to live up to the standards set by previous firefighters. But Lt. O’Donnell also said he was excited at the prospect of an annual gathering to reflect on successes.

“We’re not great at ‘atta boys.’ You really don’t get told ‘good job,’” Lt. O’Donnell said. “So to set a night like tonight where we can let our guard down and really reflect on some of the achievements, lifetime goals, and hard work and dedication in this town — it’s important.”

Lt. O’Donnell also thanked members’ families for their support and sacrifice.

“We couldn’t do it without you,” he said.

Recently retired Capt. Timothy Grimes holds the Louise Tremblay Community Service Award as he stands with Louise Tremblay. The award, which honors Tremblay for a lifetime of volunteer work at the Fire Department and in the community, was presented to Grimes for a career of helping others and running the department’s charitable campaigns such as Toys for Local Children. (Courtesy Dracut Fire Department)

Louise Tremblay Community Service Award: Retired Capt. Timothy Grimes

Capt. Timothy Grimes recently retired after a 25-year career with the Department. He spearheaded many of the Department’s charitable initiatives, such as Toys for Local Children, Make a Date With Life campaigns, and Santa at the Firehouse.

“Tim has put in hundreds of hours of time and effort to ensure that no child went without on Christmas, to ensure children got a chance to meet Santa, or to ensure a family was properly cared for after a fire,” said Chief Patterson. “In his last days of service with the…

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