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    We are the Boston Firefighters Local 718, International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO.
    What We Do
    Local 718 has been fighting for Firefighters and their families since 1942. Our mission is to advance the moral, economic, and social standing of the membership of this organization, in keeping with the dignity of its heroic calling.
    Who We Represent
    We represent all members of the Uniformed Firefighting Force including members appointed as permanent Firefighters on Probation; all permanent members of the Fire Alarm Division; dues paying retirees of the Firefighting Force or Fire Alarm Division; and all members who hold Life Membership.
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    On October 1, 1964, Box 1671 was struck for a fire in a vacant four-story toy factory at 34 Trumbull St, and 5 Alarms would be transmitted. Tragically, five Firefighters were killed when the front wall of the building collapsed. 

    Fire Lieutenant John J. McCorkle (53)
    Engine 24

    Fire Lieutenant John J. Geswell (40)
    Ladder 26 (detailed to Ladder 4)

    Firefighter Robert J. Clougherty (31)
    Engine 3

    Firefighter Francis L. Murphy (42)
    Engine 24

    Firefighter James B. Sheedy (37)
    Ladder 4

    Andrew Sheehan (25), a “Spark,” was also injured, and died later that morning in the hospital.

    Twelve members were injured, but some remained on duty until all trapped members were removed.


    President Soares spoke at the Greater Boston Labor Council's "Workers Rally for a Just Recovery" event on September 7, 2020. 



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    Today is Firefighters Memorial Sunday. The graves at both of our Boston Firefighters cemetery plots, at Forest Hills Cemetery Jamaica Plain, and Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park, are historically decorated by active and retired members of the Boston Fire Department. This year, due to the risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was scaled back to include only members of the Boston Firefighters Charitable and Local 718 President & Vice President, Commissioner Dempsey, and clergy  

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