'In Our Hearts Forever': Funeral Held for Fallen Firefighter

Joseph Toscano, a Watertown firefighter who was killed in the line of duty Friday, was laid to rest Wednesday.

(Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

A beloved Massachusetts firefighter who died while battling a blaze last week was laid to rest on Wednesday.

Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano's body was driven to the church on the back of a fire truck - a vehicle he spent his life working on - as his wife and five children looked on.

The funeral for a fallen Watertown, Massachusetts fire fighter took place on Wednesday morning. Joseph Toscano died while battling a blaze on the job last week His life was celebrated by family and friends at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Watertown.

 

(Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

Highway signs around Boston conveyed a simple message before Wednesday's service: "Rest in Peace Firefighter Joseph A. Toscano."

His body was carried into St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Watertown as more than 1,000 firefighters and other public servants lined up in rows to pay respects to one of their own.

Inside the church, family, friends and fellow firefighters packed the pews. The Toscano family's long-time priest from St. Mary's Parish in Randolph gave the homily, talking about how welcoming Joseph was and how devoted he was to his family.

His friends and his daughter gave the eulogies.

The Toscano children spoke at the funeral of their father, Joseph Toscano, the Watertown, Massachusetts, firefighter who died while fighting a fire last Friday.

(Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

"Walking into that hospital is a scene I keep playing over and over in my head," daughter Alyssa Toscano said. "My lifelong fear as a fireman's daughter came true. I always feared this day would come, but I never thought it would become my reality. I'm now living my worst nightmare.

"We will miss him so much every day, but we know that he will be watching over us and will be in our hearts forever."

Toscano, 54, a 20-year veteran of the Watertown Fire Department, died while fighting a 2-alarm fire in Watertown, Massachusetts on Friday. City officials say he collapsed from an apparent heart attack.

Fire department colleagues remembered him as a talented cook and a devoted family man.

A beloved Massachusetts firefighter who gave his life while battling a fire will be laid to rest on Wednesday morning.

(Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

"He never had a bad word to say about anybody," Watertown Deputy Fire Chief Robert Quinn said. "He was a true renassance man. He made me a better deputy fire chief. I was fortunate to have him by my side."

The Watertown Firefighters Relief Association has set up a fund to benefit the Toscano family. Donations can be sent to the following address:

Watertown Firefighters Relief Association, Toscano Fund, 99 Main St., Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

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