Tearful firefighters gather for funeral of fallen colleague

Toscano was a 20-year veteran of the Watertown Fire Department

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Mourners are bidding a tearful farewell to a Massachusetts firefighter who collapsed while battling a house fire and died.

Hundreds of uniformed firefighters and others packed St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Watertown for Joseph Toscano’s funeral.

Highway signs around Boston conveyed a simple message before Wednesday’s service: “Rest in Peace Firefighter Joseph A. Toscano.”

The 54-year-old Randolph resident and married father of five suffered a medical emergency last Friday while fighting the fire.

A memorial fund has been established to help Toscano’s family. Donations can be made to the Watertown Firefighters Relief Association.


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Toscano grew up in Massapequa, New York, on Long Island, and was a 20-year veteran of the Watertown Fire Department.

Fire department colleagues were remembering him as a talented cook and a devoted family man.

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