Oct 4, 2015 3:52 PM

Forgotten firefighter memorialized at service in Nashua


NASHUA - Dozens of people turned out to say thank you to local firefighters and to honor a forgotten firefighter from the last century.

Sunday, the Nashua Firemen's Relief Association held a service to honor the dedication and sacrifice of the city's firefighters.

"I am reminded of the bravery and the dedication it takes to be a firefighter, and as always, I am privileged to join you this morning as we remember and honor our past, present and fallen firefighters" said Mayor Donnalee Lozeau.

"Whatever the disaster, the people of Nashua can always count on our firefighters to respond in the best possible way under some of the worst possible circumstances," she continued.

The service recognized several retired firefighters who have died in the past several months. With the reading of each name, a bell was rung and a white rose placed at the firefighters' memorial bell. There were also two wreaths placed there as well.

The memorial also recognized firefighter William E. Whitney who died in 1940 in the line of duty at a brush fire. His granddaughter Susan Rockwell came across the information researching family history. As a result of her research, his name was added to Nashua's memorial stone.

"After he was discharged from the Marines, he joined the Nashua Fire department in 1900," said Rockwell. "He would be honored to be remembered today," she continued.

Whitney came from a long line of firefighters in the family.


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