December 19, 2014

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LODD of Brother Neal Mullane, Boston Local 718

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Neal A. Mullane, Sr. of IAFF Local 718 Boston, Massachusetts. Brother Mullane, 71, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014 from cancer.

The Viewing will be held on Monday, December 15, 2014 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home, 354 Adams Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122, (617) 282-1409.

The Funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Brendan’s Church, 589 Gallivan Boulevard, Dorchester, Massachusetts 02124.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 718, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02124.

Have a Happy Holiday Season

The Executive Board of the Professional Fire Fighters of Maine would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you, your families and friends a safe and joyous holiday season.

Many of us honor the meaning behind this time of year in different ways, but in the end it is about being thankful for what we have and reflection on the events of the past year.

Over these past months we have lost to many of our sisters and brothers through Line of Duty Deaths. Here in Maine we saw the tragic loss of Captain Mike Kucsma of Portland Local 740 at such a young age. We are seeing to many of our members succumbing to the effects of cancer caused by our exposure to flame retardants and toxic chemicals. We know our job has risks, but that doesn’t make it any easier when a sister or brother has died. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families who lost a loved one during this past year.

Doing our job each day, we have the opportunity to help so many different kinds of people from many walks of life. It should give us pause to reflect on how fortunate some us really are. That at the end of the day we may realize how good some of us really have it.

We hope that as you gather with your family and friends over these next few weeks your time together is joyous and that it gives you happiness to be together. All of us know that things can change in a heartbeat and that our time with those we care about is to be cherished.

Be thankful for what we have, think of those that are less fortunate and try to help where you can. It can make a difference in the life of someone who is struggling.

Please travel safe on your way to family gatherings and the PFFM is proud to serve all those who ride the trucks each day. Be well and be safe.

John Martell - President

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IAFF Legislative Conference Returns to Capitol Hill! Mark your calendars for the 2015 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference, scheduled for March 8-11, 2015, in Washington, DC. The Conference is returning to the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, and will once again feature the annual Congressional Reception attended by dozens of U.S. representatives and senators. Read More...
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