4 Canton firefighters to receive state ‘Firefighter of the Year’ awards

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Four Canton firefighters will be honored as Firefighters of the Year at the state Department of Fire Services’ 28th annual awards ceremony November 21 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The four honorees include Fire Captain Wendell Robery and firefighters Jeffery O’Brien, Jonathan Buckley, and Keith Flavin. Nominated by Westwood Fire Chief William Scoble, the men were part of a rescue team that responded to a small aircraft crash in Westwood in July and played an integral part in rescuing the injured pilot and his passenger. Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody said the four firefighters will also be honored at the November 14 Board of Selectmen’s meeting and a commendation letter will be placed in each of their personnel files. Doody said this is the second time in recent memory that Canton firefighters have been selected for this prestigious award. “We are very proud of all of our firefighters’ commitment to public safety and their professionalism in responding to and mitigating some very complex, life-threatening emergencies,” Doody said. “This group of men is just the latest example of the public safety excellence displayed by the members of the CFD. I am proud to be associated with this team of professionals.” Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey are among those who will be in attendance at the state awards ceremony.

CPD officers join ‘No Shave November’

The Canton Police Department is the latest in a growing list of local departments to sign up for “No Shave November,” a fundraiser to benefit Cops for Kids With Cancer. Participating officers have agreed not to shave for the entire month of November in exchange for donations, although community support is still needed to help the department realize its goal of $1,000. A dozen area departments have signed on thus far, including Quincy, Easton, Hanover, Scituate, and Warwick (RI), which currently leads the pack with nearly $4,000 raised. For more information on No Shave November, click the “No Shave Nov” link at copsforkidswithcancer.org.

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