|Birth: ||May 5, 1961|
|Death: ||Dec. 3, 1999|
Firefighter Joseph T. McGuirk, 38, saw a longtime dream come true when he was appointed to the Worcester Fire Department in 1997. A Worcester native, and the youngest of 10 children, he grew up the son of a Worcester fire fighter as well as the brother, nephew and cousin of local fire fighters.
A graduate of Burncoat Senior High School, he enjoyed playing hockey and played on several teams during and after high school. He made a living for many years as a talented carpenter, but always harbored a desire to serve as a fire fighter, following in the footsteps of his dad and older brother. On December 5, 1997, he was sworn in as a member of the Worcester Fire Department and was assigned to Engine 3 at the Grove Street Fire Station. For those who working closely with Joe, he was known for his inability to say "no" regardless of how busy he was or what he was doing. He always had the time to help others fix what was broken or finish what needed to be finished.
Joe leaves behind his wife, Linda, and their two children, Everett and Emily. In early November, they enjoyed an eight-day family getaway to Walt Disney World in Orlando, and just several days ago, Joe and his wife attended his 20-year high school reunion. The family made their home in the Rochdale section of Leicester.
On December 3, 1999, the vacant, six-story Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building in Worcester, Massachusetts, was set ablaze by two homeless people knocking a lighted candle into a pile of ragged clothes.
The Worcester Fire Department responded at 6:13 p.m. to Box Alarm 1438.
The Rescue 1 team of Firefighter Paul Brotherton and Firefighter Jerry Lucey entered the building searching for occupants. Fire conditions worsened in the building at an alarmingly unexpected rate. Paul and Jerry, on the fifth floor, became disoriented in the smoke-filled building. Lost, and running low on air, they called for help. Several teams began searching for the lost fire fighters. Two teams reaching the fifth floor also found themselves disoriented in the smoke and trapped by the maze of interior walls — Lieutenant Tom Spencer and Firefighter Tim Jackson from Ladder 2, and Firefighter Jay Lyons and Firefighter Joe McGuirk from Engine 3. Though many more brave fire fighters attempted to locate their missing brothers, their efforts proved futile.
Six heroes died that night — their last alarm. May they always be remembered.
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