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September 30, 2016

We Will Never Forget

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December 3, 1999

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 September 11, 2001


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TO:        ALL PFFM Members

FROM:  The Office of the President

DATE:   September 26, 2016


RE: Death of Active Duty Member  - Firefighter Greg Hawes, L2726 - Hanover, MA.


Brothers & Sisters:


The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts regret to announce the death of Active Duty Member, Brother Greg Hawes, L2726 - Hanover, MA.

The wake and memorial service arrangements for Brother Hawes are as follows:


Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4pm-8pm

Keohane Funeral Home

785 Hancock St.

Quincy, MA

A uniformed walk through is scheduled for 3:30pm.


The family has requested a privately attended service by family & the members of Local 2726 only.

Members who wish to show their respect may do so outside the service which will be held at the Keohane Funeral Home, Friday, September 29, 2016, at 11am.

Uniform of the day shall be Class A Uniforms with white gloves, cover & badge with mourning band.

Please keep the family of Brother Hawes and our Brothers & Sisters of Local 2726 in your thoughts and prayers. 


Jay Colbert

Interim President

Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts


September 19, 2016


Brothers and Sisters,


    Now that the summer is over, I wanted to give everyone an update on the Wellness/Fitness Fund.  We spent the $15,000 that the City allocates for Fitness Equipment each fiscal year, and now have another $15,000 to spend before June 30th, 2017.  Last year’s money was spent on a number of things, including a Stair Mill at Engine 4, a large Power Rack/Rig at Headquarters, Rowers for Engines 3, 4, and 6, and smaller items like bumper plates, kettlebells, resistance bands, and jump ropes for several of the firehouses.  I’d like to thank everyone who requested equipment, and especially thank the Members who helped me move, assemble, and install the equipment on some very hot days (Engine 4/Squad 4 Groups 1 and 2, Headquarters Group 1 and 3 especially).


    I still have a number of requests for equipment left over from last year, and am asking you all to send any other requests you may have as early as possible, so I can make an order up quickly.  If you have any requests or suggestions, please send them to me at, and I’ll add them to the list.  It’s especially helpful if you put “Fitness Equipment” as the Subject of your email, and if you can send a link to the equipment you are requesting so I don’t accidentally get the wrong thing.  If you think I may have overlooked or ignored a previous email from you, I apologize, and request that you email me again.


    Please keep in mind that the process for procuring equipment is a bit slow-moving, and that there are limits on which vendors we can use and how much money we can spend with any one vendor.  I apologize in advance for any delays or frustrations.  


    Thanks again to all of you for your help in making the most of this important benefit, and for your patience.



John Magee



To:       ALL PFFM Members

From:  The Office of the President

Date:  August 27, 2016


Brothers & Sisters:

Thank you all for your steadfast support of my campaign for General Secretary-Treasurer of the IAFF. Our campaign was truly historic, one which we can all be proud of. Those of us who attended the convention will be able to speak of witnessing one of the largest changes in leadership on the Executive Board in the IAFF's 98 year existence.

The PFFM and the 3rd District were well represented! 

With the realities of the responsibilities of my new position clearly in focus, all of my energies need to be on the challenges which lay ahead of me. 

This email will serve as your official notification of my resignation as President of the PFFM, effective September 1, 2016. As per Constitution and By-law, Article IV, Sect. 4, Secretary-Treasurer Colbert will serve as acting chair, responsible for calling an executive board meeting to order for purposes of exercising Article III, Sect. 3, for the temporary filling of the office of the President by majority vote of the Executive Board.

This particular PFFM Executive Board has served our members and their families extremely well, and I believe will be considered one of the strongest we've ever had. Our success as your leadership should be in no small part credited to the dedicated staff at the PFFM, and I'd  like to thank them.

It has been my honor to serve as your President. I know and trust my family will be well served by the committed leadership of the successor from the Executive Board. We are all lucky to have such strong leadership within the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts.

Be safe, but if you can't be safe, be good!


Edward A. Kelly


Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts


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