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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.
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.
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.