Boston fire Lt. Steven Minehan died 22 years ago today.

On June 24, 1994 Boston fire Lieutenant Steven F. Minehan, of Boylston street’s Ladder 15, died in a 9-alarm fire  in Charlestown after he became trapped in a large warehouse while searching for other  firefighters who had become trapped. I had been a staff photographer at the Boston Herald for almost 15 months that night when, police/fire radio scanners broke the silence of what had been a quiet evening. John Landers Jr., then Herald night desk photo editor, and I heard the initial call for help from Minehan as he dispatched me to the scene. Below are my photos from that night and from Lt. Minehan’s funeral. Over the years I have been lucky to be able to call Lt. Minehan’s wife Kathy a friend. She is a very kind and considerate soul. RIP Lt. Minehan. The photo of Lt. Minehan, at bottom of page, is courtesy of Bill Noonan. 

Boston,MA Fire 1994

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10 Responses to “Boston fire Lt. Steven Minehan died 22 years ago today.”

  1. Kathy Minehan says:

    Thank you for remembering !!!

  2. markadmin says:

    Nobody can forget. Thinking of you today, Kathy.

  3. Elizabeth Connolly says:


    I was only 8 when Stevie died, but my dad brought us to pay our respects at Ladder 15 a few weeks later. I know my dad loved Stevie, we think of him often.

  4. sheila says:

    Thank you for not forgetting. Our family appreciates it. Kind of caught me by surprise when I saw this but thank you for remembering.

  5. markadmin says:

    Thank you for writing, and I hope you’re doing well today.

  6. Jim Norton says:

    He is missed by all who knew and loved him

  7. Lee Bradley jr says:

    Thinking of you and your family today Kathy.

  8. Lt.Mark Patterson says:

    Dear Kathy, I often think of Steve and his devotion to family and duty. I started as a recruit on July 5,1994. Two of Steve’s best friends were my instructors at the Massachusetts Fire Academy;Rick Harrison and Vinny Russell.We dedicated class 106 in Steve’s memory. God Bless you,your family,and Steve’s memory.

  9. markadmin says:

    Thanks for writing in Lt.