James V. Roy dedicated his life to only 2 things; his family and the Fitchburg Massachusetts Fire Department. Struck down far too early from occupational cancer due to repeated exposure to toxic smoke and hazardous atmospheres in 40 years as a firefighter, Jimmy's unwavering commitment to the department and city made him an undeniable force in the department for his entire career, loved and hated, at the same time, by everyone.
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A Memorial for Jimmy
For years, Jimmy was The Man on Ladder 3 downtown, much of that time spent working alongside Richie "Sarge" Hawthorne. For the last 12 years he was the chauffeur of Engine 4 downtown. An ever present figure on the fireground, on duty or off, Jimmy knew damn well where just about every hydrant in the city was and just about every cross street. You always knew where he stood, especially if his opinion on something (or even you!) was less than positive.
Even though he landed upstairs, I'd wager he's on top of hell venting the roof. At least it's where he'd want to be.