Last surviving firefighter who battled the historic Strand Theatre Fire has died

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jan 16, 2014

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Photo: Marc Vasconcellos/The Enterprise

Edward "Sonny" Burrell, the only living firefighter who battled a devastating fire at a Massachusetts theater in 1941, died this week. He was 99. 


The historic blaze occurred at the Strand Theatre in downtown Brockton, killing 13 of Burrell's fellow firefighters and injuring 20 others. The event is still classified as one of the deadliest incidents for firefighters, perNFPA statistics.


According to an article on Wicked Local Brockton, Burrell, who was later named Brockton's fire chief, attended the dedication of the Strand Theatre memorial in 2008 and was honored a year later for his service to the community.

Rest in peace, chief.