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An Unusual Donation...

Article by Charlie Breitrose: Watertown MA  News

A Watertown firefighter decided to celebrate the signing of the Watertown Fire contract after more than 6.5 years without one by making a special donation to help a cancer patient.

Fellow firefighters noticed that Guillermo “Willie” Gaitan, a 30-year veteran of the WFD, had hair long enough for a ponytail. Willie half-jokingly said that he was not going to cut it until they had a contract, according to another firefighter. That was almost 3 years ago.

Last week, upon the yes vote on the contract for Watertown Firefighters Local 1347, Firefighter Gaitan headed to the barber shop.

When asked about his decision Willie replied, “I saw an opportunity to help others, and that’s what we do.”

His hair created a 15-inch braid, which has been donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which partners with the American Cancer Society to donate ponytails and funds the crafting of wigs for cancer patients.

To date, Beautiful Lengths has donated over 42,000 wigs free of charge to those in need.

For those interested in the donating or getting involved go to

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Passing of the FF Richard Cieslik

Local 1347 regrets to announce the passing of

Retired Firefighter Richard "Dick" Cieslik


Thursday January 21, 2016

Stanton Funeral Home
Mt Auburn St
Watertown, MA

Funeral Mass

Friday, January 22, 2016

St Luke's Church
132 Lexington St


St Patrick's Cemetery
Watertown, MA

Passing of Nancy Geswell (Wife of LT Arthur Geswell)

Local 1347 regrets to announce the passing of Nancy Geswell,

the wife of Lieutentant Arthur Geswell

Wake: Wednesdayday, August 12, 2015


Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home
43 Winn St, Burlington, MA

 Funeral Mass : Thursday August 13, 2015 at 10am

111 Winn St., Burlington MA

Passing of Retired Firefighter Ronald LaVache




It is with deep regret that Local 1347 announces the passing of

Retired Firefighter Ronald LaVache,

the father of Retired Fire Lieutenant Ed LaVache and Fire Lieutenant Dan LaVache.


Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 15th at 9:00am at St Patrick's Church.

Visiting Hours will be Thursday, November 14, 4-8pm at
Nardone Funeral Home
373 Main St


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