The Spotlight Photos Page is dedicated to Dick Barlett who passed away on June 17, 2014 and to Steve Cummings who passed away on April 17, 2015. Together they revolutionized apparatus photography and were irreplaceable friends to the fire service as well irreplaceable friends for me.

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" have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom" - President Abraham Lincoln


Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Ouellette (23), USAF, 42nd Aerial Port Squadron, 439th Airlift Wing from Merrimack, NH died in a single all-terrain-vehicle accident on the flightline of Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait on September 14, 2020.

Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan (26), USAF, Bravo Company, 66th Security Forces Squadron from Anaheim, CA died in a single-vehicle accident while conducting routine patrol outside the perimeter of Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait on September 12, 2020.


Private John R. McNamara, ARMY, from Middlesex County, MA killed in action during World War II

FLO Archibald McNeil, ARMY, from Middlesex County, MA killed in action during World War II

Tech 5 William T. McNeil, ARMY, from Middlesex County, MA killed in action during World War II

2nd Lieutenant Robert L. McNeill, ARMY, from Middlesex County, MA killed in action during World War II

Seaman 2nd Class Robert N. Haskell, NAVY, from Beverly, MA killed in action during World War II

Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Winslow C. Haskins, NAVY, from Savoy, MA killed in action during World War II

Seaman 1st Class Richard H. Hastings, NAVY, from Chicopee, MA killed in action during World War II

Seaman 1st Class Howard M. Hatch, NAVY, from Quincy, MA killed in action during World War II


1st Lieutenant James Arthur Burns, USMC, L CO, 3RD BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF from Granby, CT killed in action on September 13, 1969

Specialist Four Michael Gidvilas, ARMY, HHT, 1ST SQDN, 11TH ARMORED CAVALRY, USARV from Granby, CT killed in action on September 7, 1967

Warrant Officer Robert Normand Dechene, ARMY, D CO, 229TH ASLT HELO BN, 11TH AVN GROUP, 1ST CAV DIV, USARV from Biddeford, ME killed in action on September 17, 1967

Staff Sergeant George Francis Flanagan, USMC, B CO, 1ST TANK BN, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF from Nashua, NH killed in action on January 4, 1968

Sergeant First Class Thomas Joseph Szydlo, USMC, MORTAR BTRY, 1ST BN, 12TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF from West Warwick, RI killed in action on July 25, 1967

My daughter's handmade artwork




This week for my photos, a few photos from a trip with Mike Boynton recently. For this week, I am featuring rigs that we photographed from Billerica. Who knows where Johnny G will end up next.

I am always looking for photos of old Stoneham (Mass) apparatus, incidents or members for my personal collection if anyone can help. A digital scan is perfectly fine, I don't need an original as long as the scan is big enough to print out. I also can scan photos, slides and negatives and then give them back to you if that is easier. CLICK FOR EMAIL.

Billerica Engine 3- 1999 E-One Cyclone II 1250/500.

Billerica Engine 5- 2008 E-One Typhoon 1250/500/30F.

Billerica Engine 7- 1995 E-One Sentry 1250/500 (reserve).

Billerica Tank 1- 2005 International 7400/Maxim-Greenwood/E-One 1000/2000.

Billerica Temporary Station 3.



Charlotte, VT Ambulance 2- 2020 Ford F-550/Osage ambulance.

Palmer, MA Engine 1- 2020 Spartan/Smeal Sirius II 1500/1000/20F.

Southwick, MA Engine 2- 2019 Ford F-750/2020 Alexis 1250/600/10A.

Wrentham, MA Engine 2- 2020 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750.

Wrentham, MA Ambulance 2's new 2019 Dodge Ram 5500/Life Line 4x4 ambulance and Engine 2's new 2020 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750.

Yarmouth, MA Ambulance 53- 2020 Dodge Ram 5500 4X4/Horton ambulance.


Reminder: many times there are more photos of incident scenes in the incident archives and only one or two images are showcased on this page. Check out the Latest Updates page to see how many photos of each incident are on the site.


North Conway NH firefighters extricate an injured hiker from Black Cap Trailhead on July 30, 2020.

Hanson MA firefighters and members of the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team worked to rescue a horse stuck in the mud at Burrage Pond on September 1, 2020.

Shirley, MA 9/18/20- house fire on Front Street.

Springfield, MA 9/19/20- Firefighters were called to Mansfield Street just before 1pm for a structure fire. Upon leaving Station 3, crews could see heavy black smoke in the sky. Crews arrived to a 2.5 wood framed fully involved with multiple exposures starting to burn. A 2nd alarm was sounded immediately to the scene. Fire raged into the D side exposure and made its way to the attic requiring a 3rd alarm to be struck on the orders of Car 1. East longmeadow engine was a special call as they were the scenes RIT team. A total of 7 houses damaged, 3 cars, family pet passed away in the fire, 4 people transported to the hospital. The Red Cross was on scene to assist. The fire is under investigation. The next photo is also from this fire.

Andover, CT 9/20/20- 2 alarms plus special call, 281 Gilead Street. The next photo is also from this fire.

Hartford, CT 9/20/20- Working Fire, 99 Wyllys Street.

Hopkinton, MA 9/20/20- 3 Alarms, 17 Main Street.

Manchester, CT 9/20/20- working fire in a residence at 81 Jarvis Road. The next photo is also from this fire.

West Springfield, MA 9/20/20- firefighters were called to 79 Lowell Street Sunday night just after 5:30pm for a structure fire. Crews would battle this stubborn 2 alarm fire for almost 90 mins. Agawam Engine 1 went to the scene for mutual aid. Springfield Truck 1 and Westfield Engine 4 covered West Side's station. No one was home at the time of the blaze and there were no firefighter injuries. The fire is under investigation.

Concord, NH 9/22/20- Commercial vehicle crash on Route 393. No injuries were reported.

Lowell, MA 9/22/20.

West Bridgewater, MA 9/23/20- 3 Alarms, 35 East Center Street. The next 2 photos are also from this fire.




From the fire in Manchester, CT on 9/20.

From the fire in Springfield, MA on 9/19.

The " Man behind the Camera" Whitman, Mass Firefighter/ Paramedic Patrick Travers (right) with Hanson Chief Jerry Thompson (left) at a remote area Horse Rescue by the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team on September 1st.

Lost Acres, CT Fire Department live burn training at the Connecticut Fire Academy. The live burn was under the direction of Jason Gilbert. The Lost acres members were able to train on fire attack and search and rescue during the event. The next 2 photos are also from this event.

Hanson MA Firefighter Tim Royer at a working fire on June 10, 2020.

Brockton, MA Firefighter Brian Gray gets deconned at a second alarm fire at 26 St Casimir Avenue on September 14, 2020.

Somersworth, NH.

Live burn held in Tilton, NH on September 20th. The next photo is also from this live burn.


Barre Town, VT Tanker 2- Kenworth/Deep South 2000 gallon tanker.

Boston Engine 53- 2017 E-One Typhoon 1250/560/30F.

Chelmsford, MA Engine 4 with the hazy skies created by the wildfires out in California. Engine 4 is a 2014 Smeal Sirius II 1500/750/30F that was recently reassigned from Engine 1.

Mashantucket, Pequot (Foxwoods Casino, CT) Tower 1- 1996 Simon-Duplex/LTI 2000/250/102' Tower (pre-refurb, taken by my late friend Dick Bartlett).

Mashpee, MA ex Breaker 353- 1971 AM General 250/200/20F. Photo taken by my late friend Dick Bartlett.

Medfield, MA ex Engine 3- 1984 Mack 1250/500 (refurb by EJ Murphy 2003). Photo taken by my late friend Dick Barlett.

Newton, MA Engine 7- 2007 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/750/25F.

With the delivery of the new Spartan/Smeal to Palmer, Mass, this 1979 Maxim 1500/1000 will soon be retired.

Palmer, Mass fire station with new Engine 1, soon to be retired Engine 2 and the current Engine 1 which will become Engine 2.

Pascoag (Burrillville, RI) Antique Ladder 2- 1936 American LaFrance City Service Ladder.

Pascoag (Burrillville, RI) Tower 4- 2007 Spartan/Smeal Sirius 1500/400 85’ RM Tower.

Portsmouth, NH Engine 4- 2006 E-One Typhoon 1250/500.

Former Revere, MA Fire Dept car.

Revere, MA ex Ladder 1's 1982 Mack CF/Gibson/1949 American LaFrance 250/230/85' TDA.

Richmond-Carolina, RI Tanker 615's 2006 International/Pierce 1500/3000 recently returned to service after being refurbished.

Twin Mountain, NH's new Fire Station located at 100 School Street.