By Jeremy Fox, Boston Globe:
Everett firefighters are mourning the loss of a trailblazer.
Susan Pipitone, the department’s first and only active-duty female firefighter, will be buried from an Everett funeral home Saturday, three days after she died from occupational cancer.
Her death came one week after Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation that designated cancer as a work-related injury for Massachusetts firefighters and mandated coverage for the costs of medical treatment and workdays missed because of the illness.
The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, the statewide union, announced Pipitone’s line-of-duty death Thursday. Her funeral, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, will include full department honors.
“We’re going to send her off right,” said Craig Hardy, president of the Everett firefighters union. “That’s for sure.”
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