The Norwood Fire Department is honoring one of its own by flying the
flag at half-staff and putting mourning bunting on the public safety
building as they are remembering Faye McDonough, 55, a retired
firefighter, who died this week.
Known as "Firefighter Faye," she was the first woman firefighter in
Massachusetts appointed by Civil Service on Oct. 1, 1982, and she
retired in 2011. During her career, she followed the family tradition of
wearing No. 59, which was worn by her father Charles, and her nephew
Patrick. The badge number is now worn by her nephew
McDonough's nickname came from her work in the Norwood schools, where
she taught fire safety. She was also well-known for her charitable work
Visiting hours will be tonight and Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., at
Gillooly Funeral Home in Norwood. A funeral service will be held Friday,
at 9 a.m., at Gillooly Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian
Burial at 10 a.m., at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Norwood.