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FRAMINGHAM – Members of the Framingham Fire Department, including its Honor Guard, paid tribute to retired firefighter Joseph Ferraro, this week.

Ferraro served as a firefighter in Framingham for more than three decades and wore badge #1 for his final years of his career.

He was appointed to the Fire Department on December 5, 1954 and retired on December 31, 1987, according to Framingham Fire Chief Michael Dutcher.

 Joseph V. Ferraro, a lifelong resident of Saxonville, died Sunday, July 26, 2020, at the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility in Natick.

A Framingham High School in Class of 1947 graduated, he was the captain of the football team.

He enlisted and proudly served with the United States Army during the Korean War.

He married his childhood sweetheart Mary V. Hetherton in 1951. The two were married for over 60 years until Mary’s death in 2012.

At the family’s request, there will be a private funeral Mass and burial with military honors at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joes memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


Photos courtesy of Framingham Deputy Fire Chief John Schultz

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.