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              It was 11 years ago today that Christine Desrochers-Broderick, clinging to the roof of her submerged car, was rescued by off-duty Somerville firefighter Michael Marino in the Assembly Square underpass at Mystic Ave. It was not long after that all three of us were contacted by The Weather Channel, to “star” in their (then) new show, Twist of Fate. Here is my blog dispatch from that day.
              I came upon this dramatic scene after completing news coverage of a long, hot, then very rainy immigration rally in Boston. The police scanner was crackling something about a person or persons stuck under the Assembly Square underpass at Mystic Ave. I drove to an area near the courthouse where I saw troopers feverishly trying to enter the water and gain access to the serious situation that was unfolding. I noticed a young couple sitting on the curb and I turned to see that their car’s roof, about an inch of it, was still visible. Within a few minutes the tunnel was almost 80% filled with water maybe 10 feet high. I had to kneel down to see what was unfolding about 70 yards into the tunnel. There I could see a woman atop of what appeared to be her car. I returned to my car to get my 800mm telephoto lens, snapped a few photos there and then ran like hell to the other side of the underpass. That is where I saw troopers Joe Kalil and Stephen Barnes and Somerville firefighters Jack Betkwith, LT Michael Anzalone and off-duty firefighter Michael Marino. I positioned myself on McGrath Highway above the rescue and pointed my 70-200 mm lens through the chain link fence. The troopers and the firefighters worked in unison to perfection. The only problem was, would my lens stay dry enough in the rain to capture the rescue? I borrowed the corner of a passerby’s dry shirt to use to clean my lens since my clothes were drenched. Lucky for me that the man didn’t think I was nuts when I asked him: “may I use your shirt to clean my lens?” Then, out the rescuers popped with one cold and wet Christine Broderick, as they guided her through the water that now contained mostly raw sewage.


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Somerville firefighters climb to a Christmas Eve highway crash.

I photographed this unique scene just before noon today as Somerville firefighters, already below Route 93N for a rollover accident on Mystic Ave., heard this one above them and raised their ladder to access the one car crash. Non life-threatening injuries on both accidents were reported.

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I caught this P-51 Mustang and F-16 high over the Winter Hill section of Somerville a few minutes before the ceremonial flyover. The pilots, from the Air Force’s Heritage Flight team, based out of Hanscom, seemed to be circling over Somerville in preparation for the flyover. Here are my photos snapped with an 800mm lens.

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Busy day for area firefighters.

First, a fire on Glen St. in Somerville  just after 8am, and then an afternoon fire in a home in Newton. The above photo is from Somerville, while the below photos and video link (in red) are from Newton.


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Here are some of the more memorable moments that I have photographed this year. I am based here in Eastern Massachusetts, so I am “hyper-local” if you will. One won’t find any international, or even national for that matter, photos in this collection. What one will find here is immediate news, or as we in the news industry call it, “spot news.”  All these photos were taken by me and were snapped mostly on my shift at the Boston Herald, for whom I want to give a big shout out to and a thank you. Most of the following photos have photo galleries attached to them, so one can click on the photo and a series of photos from that event will pop up. Thanks for viewing and Happy New Year!

(09/23/10-Revere,MA) John Bottari hugs his cat "Piddles" after Revere fire chief Gene Doherty handed the cat to him during a 3-alarm fire Thursday afternoon.

(07/10/2010-Somerville,MA) Christine Broderick awaits rescue as flood waters pour into the Route 28 underpass near Mystic Ave. Firefighter Mike Marino, while off-duty was able to swim out to the stranded woman and help her swim to safety with the aid of State police and Somerville fire dept.

(04/07/10-Boston,Mass) Boston firefighters work the scene of a 9 alarm fire at 483 Beacon Street.

Boston, Mass runners are seen in their Speedo clothing saturday, December 11, 2010 during the 11th annual Santa Speedo Run.

Fisher College Police Sgt, S.A Egidio is seen comforting a driver involved in an accident June 3, 2010, at Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue.

(09/15/10-East Boston,MA) A man, armed with a shard of glass and a shovel, holds police at bay today at 337 East Eagle St. He was making indications that he might jump from this 3rd floor fire escape. He finally climbed into a window and was then secured by police nearly 6 hours later.

(03/18/10-Chelsea,MA) 3-alarm fire at 31 Lewis Street in Chelsea mid-afternoon

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