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December 13, 2012

Late firefighter honored with Medal of Honor

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This year especially, Daly stressed, the Worcester gathering will have an impact on Rice’s Peabody colleagues.

The fire marshal’s office normally withholds key details about the awards until the event but decided this year to alert everyone that Rice and Davies would be remembered, according to Mieth.

A number of Salem firefighters will also accept awards next week. Lt. Richard Arno and firefighters Randy Theriault and Michael O’Donnell will be cited for their work on the night of March 18 in rescuing two children from a fire allegedly set by their mother, Tanicia Goodwin.

Goodwin is also accused of slashing the children’s throats, leaving them for dead. She then allegedly spread accelerant all over the apartment and removed the door knobs. Hundreds had to be evacuated from the Salem Heights apartment complex.

The firefighters acted quickly in realizing what was happening, searching through the smoke and heat and rescuing the children, who survived.

Four more Peabody firefighters will be named, including Capt. Dale Kimball, Paul Rheaume, Stephen Pellegrini and Paul LaPlante, as a result of their work on Dec. 11, 2011, rescuing a man who crashed his car into a house on Herrick Street. The vehicle had rolled over and exploded into flames.

It wasn’t until they were warned by Peabody police that the firefighters realized there was still someone in the car.

Using a “pencil ladder,” two of the men climbed atop the burning car and pulled the driver through the passenger-side window.

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