Firefighter’s procession to be held for fallen firefighter

Mar 1, 2019

MARION — Firefighters from Marion and neighboring towns who wish to pay their respects to fallen firefighter Thomas Nye will do so in a procession and prayer service before public visiting hours, Fire Chief Brian Jackvony announced March 1. 

Public visiting hours will be held Sunday, March 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, located at 50 County Road in Mattapoisett. 

At 11 a.m. Sunday, all outside fire personnel should be at Old Rochester Regional High School. Firefighters will be bused to the Mattapoisett Police Department. At noon, all firefighters will form up and march to the funeral home, where a firefighters' walk-through will be held at approximately 12:15.

After the walk-through, firefighters will assemble outside the funeral home for a prayer service and the ringing of the final bell. The Marion Fire Department fire alarm operators will strike Box 41, transmitting Nye's final alarm.

Firefighters will be dismissed around 1 p.m. and will be transported back to Old Rochester Regional.

Nye, age 72, served as a call firefighter with the Marion Fire Department for 45 years. He responded to and helped extinguish a chimney fire on Point Road shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday and then returned home.

He suffered what is believed to be a cardiac incident and collapsed early Wednesday morning.

Nye was transported to Tobey Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.