Firefighters and Town Manager Speak to Media About Firefighter Joseph Toscano

Watertown Fire Department – On the morning of Friday, March 17th, Watertown firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire on Merrifield Avenue on the East End of Watertown. Two people and multiple dogs were evacuated from the house. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is there is no foul play suspected. While battling the fire, firefighter Joseph Toscano, a veteran of two decades with the Watertown Fire Department, collapsed inside the house after suffering what is currently being called a medical emergency. Toscano was rushed to Mount Auburn hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. Firefighter Toscano was a resident of Randolph, Massachusetts and leaves behind a wife and five children, ages 12 to 19. He is the first Watertown firefighter to die in the line of duty since the 1950s.

Throughout the last week, support and words of sympathy poured into Watertown from all over the country.A fund that was set up to raise money for the Toscano family has already raised thousands of dollars. Several hours after the fire, officials released Toscano’s name at a press conference in front of the Fire Department’s headquarters. Deputy Chief Bob Quinn, Town Manager Michael Driscoll, and president of the Watertown firefighters union Rob Mannix spoke to the media about firefighter Joseph Toscano and the devastating loss it will be for the department.

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Produced by Dan Hogan, News Producer
Kyle Igoe, Playback Operations
March 23, 2017

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