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FIRST PLACE: “Fellow firefighters, city owe gratitude to Raffa, Courtney”

“A tough act to follow” is what this columnist called Local 1009’s president and vice president, who had led it since 1997 but opted not to run for re-election.

Worcester Sunday Telegram
Written by: Nick Kotsopoulos
Submitted by: Worcester, MA Local 1009


SECOND PLACE: “A long road to healing”

A year after two fire fighters died on the job, an entire community of emergency workers continues to suffer and grieve. “This is a tragedy that keeps going,” the local’s president said.
However, the tragedy has led to improvements, such as new waterproof radio microphones.

Winnipeg Sun
Submitted by: Winnipeg, MB Local 867


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