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Massachusetts Fire Fighters Endorse John Kerry for Senate

by Pamela Leavey

On Friday, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) endorsed Senator John Kerry for United States Senate. The PFFM, at their state meeting in Hyannis, overwhelmingly endorsed Senator Kerry in his reelection for his fifth term serving Massachusetts in the United States Senate.

PFFM President Robert McCarthy said, “I’m proud today to announce the support for John Kerry in his reelection for the United State Senate. There’s no greater friend to Massachusetts’ firefighters than John Kerry. From fighting for fair pay for our firefighters to improving technology for first responders to making sure our men and women have the best equipment out there, John Kerry has led the fight. I look forward to continuing to work with him in the years to come.”

“I am deeply honored to be endorsed today by my good friend Bob McCarthy and the Fire Fighters,” Senator John Kerry said. “Our firefighters are the most trusted, loyal, heroic Americans out there who wake up everyday willing to put their lives on the line to protect ours. I’m running again for the Senate so I can continue to work for a policy that honors our firefighters and their service.

“I’ll never forget standing with these men and women the day we lost six of our own in Worcester. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of those heroes, their families and that sacrifice. We owe our firefighters an incredible debt of gratitude. But beyond that, we owe them leadership that honors this sacrifice. I’m humbled and profoundly thankful for their support,” Kerry added.

Kerry has consistently been supported by the men and women of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts. Kerry also won the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) early in his race for president in 2004.

On February 5, Kerry sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calling for an investigation into the “‘deeply troubling’ information in an MSNBC.com special report indicating that the federal unit charged with probing firefighter deaths ignored a warning in 2000 that personal alarms used at fire scenes might be failing.”

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