Firefighter's Memorial

The Worcester Firefighter's Memorial honors the brave men who have sacrificed their lives as members of the Worcester Fire Department. 

Worcester Cold Storage Tragedy

On December 3, 1999, a five-alarm fire at the Worcester Cold Storage & Warehouse Co. building claimed the lives of six brave firefighters who responded to the call. These six heros, The Worcester 6, sacrificed their lives to try and rescue two individuals who were believed to be trapped inside the inferno. May the Worcester 6 always be remembered; "Fallen Heroes Never Forgotten."


Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire Tribute at Franklin Street Fire StationCrafted by artist Brian P. Hanlon, the three-piece tribute to the six fallen firefighters in the December 3, 1999 fire was unveiled to the public on December 3, 2008; nine years after the tragic fire and on the very spot where the warehouse once stood.

The artist used three elements to create this wonderful tribute:

  • The figure represents the present reflecting on what happened in the tragedy. He is a beautifully detailed firefighter, dressed in full modern gear.
  • In the middle is a fireman's topcoat folded with a fireman's helmet resting on top. A plaque affixed to the front of the pedestal reads, "On this site on December 3, 1999, six brave Worcester firefighters lost their lives in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire."
  • Lastly, a 12-foot by 6-foot granite wall depicts six firefighters all working together. The figures are not meant to be likenesses; they "impart the spirit of the job."

Anyone wishing to view this fine tribute may do so by visiting the Franklin Street Fire Station at the site of Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire. The tribute is located on the left-hand side of the main entrance.

Franklin Street Fire Station

The site of the former Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse building is now home to the Franklin Street Fire Station. Officially opened on November 19, 2008, the station houses Engine 6, Ladder 1 and Rescue 1.

This state-of-the art facility is a fitting site to those six brave men who gave their lives in the line of duty. At the official ribbon cutting ceremony, many family and friends of the Worcester 6 were in attendance to partake in this memorable experience; a day honor the fallen heros and to celebrate the spirit of our community.

W6 Photo Gallery

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Worcester 6 (W6) Logo - Click to Enlarge Firefighter Paul A. Brotherton - Click to Enlarge Firefighter Timothy P. Jackson - Click to Enlarge Firefighter Jeremiah M. Lucey - Click to Enlarge
Firefighter James F. Lyons - Click to Enlarge Firefighter Joseph T. McGuirk - Click to Enlarge Lieutenant Thomas E. Spencer - Click to Enlarge Franklin Street Fire Station - Click to Enlarge

49 Arlington Street Fire

Firefighter Jon D. Davies, Sr.On December 8, 2011, the Worcester Fire Department responded to a 3-alarm structure fire in a triple-decker at 49 Arlington Street. Upon reports of a civilian missing, members of Rescue 1 entered the building. During their search, a sudden catastrophic collapse occurred to the rear of the structure. The collapse claimed the life of Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr. Jon selflessly laid down his life performing his duty. He will never be forgotten.

A tribute to Jon Davies was sculpted by Brian P. Hanlon. It mirrors the granite pedestal tribute to the Worcester 6. The bronze helmet is an exact copy of Jon Davies helmet. The plaque reads “From this Station, Firefighter Jon D. Davies, Sr. answered his Final Alarm. Box 12-07 for 49 Arlington St. December 8, 2011."

Jon Davies Photo Gallery

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Firefighter Jon D. Davies, Sr. - Click to Enlarge Firefighter Davies Memorial (Front) - Click to Enlarge Firefighter Davies Memorial (Back) - Click to Enlarge

Fireman's Prayer

When I am called to duty, God where ever flames may rage, give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late or save an older person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout and quickly and effectively to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me to guard my every neighbor and protect his property. And if according to my fate I am to lose my life, please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.


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