Memorial square near Florian Hall dedicated to a fallen BFD firefighter

Gathering on June 28 salutes the dedication of Lt. Stephen Minehan Square in Neponset.
Photo courtesy Mayor’s Office/John Wilcox

BFD Lt. Stephen Minehan: Died in the line of duty - June 24, 1994. BFD photo

A host of family, friends, and long-time Boston Fire Department jakes gathered with Mayor Wu on June 28 at the corner of Hallet Davis and Milton streets adjacent to Florian Hall to dedicate a memorial square to BFD Lt. Stephen Minehan, who was killed in the line of duty 30 years ago.
A life-long resident of the neighborhood behind Florian Hall, the lieutenant died on June 24, 1994 while trying to save fellow firefighters working to subdue a raging 9-alarm fire at a warehouse in Charlestown.

Serving out of Ladder 15 in the Back Bay, Lt. Minehan was part of a search-and-rescue operation during the fire that saved two firefighters. He became trapped trying to locate them and died in the blaze. He was posthumously awarded the John E. Fitzgerald Medal for the Most Meritorious Act in 1995.

A third-generation Boston firefighter, Stephen Minehan was 44 when he died, leaving behind a widow, Kathy, and four children. His son, Joe Minehan, today serves as a district chief in the Boston Fire Department.



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