Leominster Fire Dept. Gets $12,000 Equipment Grant

November 28, 2018

The Leominster Fire Department recently was awarded a grant from the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation for new equipment. Members of the department's Group No. 1 are shown, including back row from left: Deputy Chief Gary Ranno, firefighter Shawn Phillips, Lt. Bryan LeBlanc, firefighters Vincent Alia, Chris Guilmette, Randy Pouliot, Derek Ranno, Lt. Jeff Vaillette, firefighters Dan Gallagher and Adam Thibault, Adam Cordio, Lt. Ryan Young and firefighter Brandon O'Connor. SUBMITTED PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LEOMINSTER -- The Fire Department has received a $12,000 grant to equip and train its members for “self-rescue bailout systems,” according to a department spokesman.

The grant was awarded by the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, also known as the Joey D Foundation.

It was started to help train and equip firefighters in need.

Lt. DiBernardo died Nov. 22, 2011, as a result of the injuries suffered during what is known as the Black Sunday fire. He was recognized by the International Association of Firefighters for making the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

In January 2005, DiBernardo responded to a tenement fire in the Bronx borough of New York City with FDNY Rescue 3.

While working the fire, three FDNY firefighters died that day in the line of duty.

Because of illegal partitions and blocked fire escapes, FDNY Ladder Co. 27 and Rescue 3 became trapped on the top floor of this Bronx tenement. Surrounded by fire with no way out and running out of air, they were forced to jump out the rear windows of the structure five stories below.

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