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Watertown’s newest firefighters grew up together

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WATERTOWN — The city’s newest firefighters began their long career path together when they were still boys.

Pat Vincent joined the town of Watertown’s department as a volunteer firefighter when he was a senior in high school, while then 12-year-old Josh Wilcox hung out at the fire station with his firefighter dad.

And now they’re members of the city’s fire department after making a lateral move from Oswego in what is believed to be the first time that city firefighters switched jobs from another department.

They were sworn into their new jobs during a ceremony at the Emma Flower Taylor Fire Station on South Massey Street Friday night.

Both men said they are fulfilling career goals — they’ve always wanted to be a member of the Watertown Fire Department.

“It’s a dream come true,” Mr. Vincent said.

Between the time they were boys and now as new city firefighters, they were colleagues many other times in the past.

The two friends worked as paramedics for Guilfoyle Ambulance Service while they also served in the town fire department. Mr. Wilcox joined the town department 14 years ago.

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Watertown firefighters remember late battalion chief with 9/11 flag ceremony

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WATERTOWN — The only local firefighter who died as a result of the efforts after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was honored earlier this week when an American flag that flew over ground zero made its way to Watertown.

City firefighters and others remembered Battalion Chief David Lachenauer during a ceremony in which a ground zero flag flew at the South Massey Street fire station on Wednesday.

The ground zero flag came to Watertown as part of a four-day run to Albany.

A Port Authority Police Officer had the 3-foot by 5-foot flag made to honor a colleague who died on Sept. 11. It flew on the rubble days after two planes flew into the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Battalion Chief Lachenauer died in 2018 after being diagnosed with cancer, which was linked to exposure to toxic materials during his service at ground zero following the attack. He was 61.

Fire Chief Matthew R. Timerman said that having the flag fly at the fire station reminded him of the sacrifice that Battalion Chief Lachenauer made.

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