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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 Mrs Anne Whooley, Mother of LT Mannix

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

Mrs Anne Whooley, 

the mother of Lieutenant Robert Mannix.

Wake: Nardone Funeral Home
373 Main St, Watertown, MA
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 4-8pm
Funeral: St Patrick's Church
212 Main St, Watertown, MA
Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 10am
Burial: Ridgelawn Cemetary
Watertown, MA

Dave Stone Retirement Party

Dave Stone Retirement Party

Wednesday September 30, 2015

Mt Auburn Grille


Passing of the Father of Robert Martinello

Local 1347 regrets to announce the passing of

Robert Martinello (father of FF. Robert Martinello Jr)


Wednesday August 12, 2015

Frank A. Welsh Funeral Home
718 Broadway 
Chelsea, MA

Funeral Mass

Thursday, August 13, 2015

St Michael's Chapel, The Soldiers Home
91 Crest Ave, Chelsea


Woodlawn Cemetery
Everett, MA

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