"Line of Duty Death" of Legendary Hyannis Firefighter

Captain Thomas Kenney served at Ground Zero...
Captain Thomas Kenney, Retired Captain of Hyannis Fire Department (Hyannis Firefighters photo collage)

Updated:  The Hyannis Fire District Board of Commissioners and Hyannis Fire Chief Peter J. Burke, Jr. issued the following announcement Thursday at 3:25 p.m.

CAPTAIN THOMAS KENNEY, (RETIRED)

LINE OF DUTY DEATH NOTIFICATION

CAPTAIN THOMAS KENNEY PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY, WITH HIS FAMILY BY HIS SIDE, ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH, 2019, FROM OCCUPATIONAL CANCER.

TOM WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER, 1ST, 1953, IN THE CITY OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

HE GRADUATED FROM ROSLINDALE HIGH SCHOOL, BOSTON, MA, WITH THE CLASS OF 1972.

TOM’S CAREER SPANNED OVER 45 YEARS, IN FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON TECHNICAL RESCUE.  A DISTINGUISHED LEGACY THAT BEGAN IN THE CITY OF BOSTON, AS AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN, IN 1973, CULMINATING WITH HIS RETIREMENT FROM HYANNIS FIRE ON OCTOBER 19TH, 2018, AS TRAINING CAPTAIN.

TOM WAS HIRED AS A FULL-TIME FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC FOR HYANNIS FIRE ON JANUARY 1ST, 1982.  HE WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT ON NOVEMBER 14TH, 1997; TO CAPTAIN, ON JUNE 30, 2015.  HE ALSO SERVED AS SUPERVISOR OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, (EMS), FROM 1991-1997 AND DIVEMASTER, FROM 1994-2002.   CAPT KENNEY PROUDLY REPRESENTED THE HYFD AND THE CITIZENS OF HYANNIS FOR OVER 36 AND ONE HALF YEARS.

IN ADDITION, TOM SERVED AS RESCUE TEAM MANAGER FOR THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TASK FORCE 1, BEVERLY, MA WITH MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENT ASSIGNMENTS, INCLUDING TASKINGS TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN ATLANTA, GA,  THE WORCESTER TRAGEDY, NUMEROUS HURRICANE AFTERMATHS, AND THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, NEW YORK, NY

TOM WAS A WELL-KNOWN AND RENOWNED FIRE SERVICE INSTRUCTOR, TEACHING SPECIALIZED COURSES NATIONWIDE.

DURING HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER, CAPT KENNEY RECEIVED NUMEROUS COMMENDATIONS AND AWARDS, FROM A GOVERNOR’S CITATION TO SEVERAL MASSACHUSETTS FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR, MERITORIOUS CONDUCT AWARDS.

ARRANGEMENTS ARE CURRENTLY PENDING AND WILL BE SHARED, AS AVAILABLE.

From Hyannis Firefighters:

The Hyannis Fire Department regrets to announce the Line of Duty Death of Captain Thomas Kenney on Wednesday June 5th, 2019.

Tom served the Hyannis Fire District for over 36 years. He was a proud member of the Hyannis Fire Department and Hyannis Firefighters Local 2172.

The outpouring of support for our members and the Kenney Family has been overwhelming and we can’t thank you enough.

Funeral arrangements will be posted once they are finalized.

Thank You All and Stay Safe

 

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