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Last surviving firefighter from Brockton, MA Strand Theater fire that killed 13 firefighters has died. Listen to Edward Burrell’s story

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The last surviving firefighter from the March 10, 1941 fire at the Strand Theater in Brockton, Massachusetts has died. Edward "Sonny" Burrell was assigned to Ladder Company 2 on the day 13 of his fellow firefighters were killed. Burrell later became fire chief in Brockton. Hear chief Burrell recount the story of that day in the video above.

Maria Papadopoulos, EnterpriseNews.com:

Edward “Sonny” Burrell, who later became fire chief in Brockton, died at his Brockton home on Wednesday morning, Brockton Fire Chief Richard Francis said this morning. He was 99.

“He was a fantastic guy,” said Francis, who was hired by Burrell in the 1970s.

MA Brocton Edward Burrell

In 2009, Burrell was honored by the Brockton Historical Society for his dedication to the community.

That same year, Burrell joined more than 100 descendants of the 13 fallen firefighters to dedicate the long-awaited Strand Theatre memorial at city hall. The monument, built of bronze and granite, depicts Burrell.

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  • Fire21

    May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  I'm sure he and the other survivors went through their own hell recovering from that horriffic loss.  That was way before the days of PTSB treatments.

  • Jeff Dostalek

    Rest in Peace Chief. We will never forget.

  • Capt

    "Just was'nt our day"……… R.I.P. Chief