The Boston Fire Museum offers congratulations and best wishes to John Dempsey on his appointment as Boston Fire Commissioner and Chief of Department. The appointment was made by Mayor Martin Walsh on April 24, 2020.
Commissioner Dempsey joined the BFD in 1986. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1991, Captain in 1996, District Chief in 2006 and Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal in 2015. Since 2019, he has been serving as the Chief of Operations for the Boston Fire Department.
Commissioner Dempsey was awarded the Walter Scott Medal for Valor for his actions on January 1, 2006 a fire at 239 Havre Street, Box 6154, in the East Boston section of Boston.
The formal citation is as follows:
On January 1, 2006, Tower Ladder 2 responded to Box 6154 for a building fire at 239 Havre Street, a three story wood frame building. Heavy fire was showing on arrival of Tower Ladder 2. Fire Captain John Dempsey entered the structure and began a primary. After reaching the fire floor and while attack lines were being placed, he had to remove an obstructed door in order to enter the apartment. Upon entering the apartment and before ventilation was made he searched and found an occupant unconscious on the floor. Working with another member, they immediately removed the victim to safety.
Because this rescue was performed at great personal risk, before ventilation was made, and in advance of the attack line, the Fire Commissioner is pleased to highly commend Fire Captain John Dempsey of Tower Ladder Company 2.
FIRE CAPTAIN JOHN DEMPSEY IS HEREBY AWARDED
THE WALTER SCOTT MEDAL FOR VALOR
We thank museum member Bill Noonan and the Boston Fire Historical Society for the above information.