See How to Watch Ceremony for Fallen Watertown Firefighter at National Memorial

Fallen Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano will be honored at the national memorial for firefighters on Sunday, and you can watch a live feed. The Town of Watertown provided the following information:

This coming Sunday, Firefighter Joseph Toscano, who died in the line of duty on March 17, 2017, is being memorialized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at their memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The following is a link to the live broadcast of the event which starts at 10am. Click Here for Link to Live Feed

Watertown Firefighters Salute a Fallen Colleague, Lost 59 Years Ago

Fifty-nine years ago, the Watertown Fire Department lost one of its own during an attic fire at the then-East Junior High School. On Friday afternoon, Watertown Firefighters paid tribute to Charles Morrill. 

More than a dozen members of the WFD lined up for a moment of silence on the field facing the former junior high on Mt. Auburn Street, which is now the Brigham House. They ended the brief ceremony by saluting their fallen colleague. Provisional Fire Chief Bob Quinn said the Fire Department wanted to remember its members lost while serving the Town of Watertown.

Memorial to Fallen Firefighter Dedicated Near Where He Gave His Life Serving Watertown

The corner of Merrifield and Bigelow avenues in East Watertown was the site of a tragedy a year ago, but on Saturday it was a place where family, friends and fellow firefighters came to celebrate the memory of Joseph Toscano. A memorial was unveiled at that corner to honor Toscano, who died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at a home on Merrifield Avenue on March 17, 2017. Current and retired members of the Watertown Fire Department came out for the ceremony in large numbers and were joined by honor guards from Watertown Fire, Watertown Police and members of other fire departments. Two ladder trucks formed an arch over Bigelow Avenue and a podium was set up for the ceremony. Joe’s widow, Maureen, said that all this would have been strange for Toscano.

Memorial for Watertown’s Fallen Firefighter Approved by Town Council

The corner near house where Firefighter Joseph Toscano lost his life during a fire will be named in his memory after the Town Council voted to approve the memorial. 

Town Council President Mark Sideris read the resolution to create the Joseph A. Toscano Memorial in East Watertown last week. “Be it resolved that the Town Council gratefully acknowledges the ultimate sacrifice made by Firefighter Joseph A. Toscano and hereby dedicates a memorial at the corner of Merrifield Avenue and Bigelow Avenue in honor of Firefighter Joseph A, Toscano,” Sideris read. The Council resolution directed Town Manager Michael Driscoll to work with Town Councilor Angeline Kounelis to design an appropriate sign and memorial. The fire that took Toscano’s life occurred in Kounelis’ district in the East End. She added that she believes it is important to have a memorial for a hero like Toscano.

Town Exploring Creating Memorial to Fallen Watertown Firefighter

The corner of the street where the fire that took the life of Watertown Firefighter Joe Toscano occurred could be named in his honor, as Watertown firefighters seek to create a memorial for their fallen comrade. Tuesday night, the proposal was brought forward officially by East End Town Councilor Angeline Kounelis, who was supported by members of the Watertown Fire Department. “This past March 17 a tragedy occurred in our community, something I hope we never go through again,” Kounelis said. “It is a morning that many of us will never forget.” She proposed that the Town honor Toscano for making the “ultimate sacrifice” of giving his life in the line of duty by creating a permanent memorial.

Watertown Firefighters Attend Graduation of Fallen Firefighter’s Son

The Watertown Fire Department was well represented at Blue Hills Regional’s graduation this week where they congratulated Patrick Toscano, the son of their fallen brother, Joe. 

Watertown Deputy Fire Chief Bob Quinn shared a photo on Facebook of the WFD contingent after the ceremony. “We were honored to be there because Patrick Toscano was one of the graduates. We went because Joey T couldn’t. The Toscano’s will always be part of our family. Congratulations Patrick!”

Town Covers Cost of Fallen Firefighter, Will Cover Future Fire, Police Funerals

The Town of Watertown paid for the cost of the funeral and burial of fallen Firefighter Joseph Toscano, and the Town Council approved a policy that will do the same for future tragedies involving Watertown firefighters or police officers. The state has an optional law that communities can adopt that allow them to pay for the funeral and burial expenses of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty up to $15,000. Watertown had not adopted the law, but the Town Council unanimously approved it at its May 9 meeting. At their previous meeting on April 25, the Council approved a transfer of $9,896 from the Town Council Reserve to the Funeral Expenses Account to cover the funeral and burial costs of Joseph Toscano, who was honored by a funeral procession through Watertown Square and services at St. Patrick’s Church.

Newton Firefighters Make Hefty Donation to Family of Fallen Watertown Firefighter

The Watertown Fire Department received a visit from their friends in the Newton Fire Department this week, who came bearing a generous gift for the family of Joseph Toscano. The Newton contingent delivered a check for $10,000 for the family of Toscano, who lost his life in the line of duty on March 17. Newton Firefighter Union President Tom Lopez presented the donation along with firefighters Brian Albano and Brian McNamara and Deputy Chief Mike McNamara, according to Watertown Deputy Fire Chief Tom McManus. They gave the check to members of Group 2, the group on which Toscano worked for most of his 20+ year career. Watertown Deputy Chief Bob Quinn, Union President Rob Mannix and members of Group 2 posed with the Newton Firefighters for a photo to commemorate the visit.