Another Massachusetts First
Reproduced from the All Hands Herald , July 2009 edition.
Used with permission from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services - Massachusetts Firefighting Academy
Hampden Fire Chief Mike Gorski and Goshen Fire Chief Sue Labrie
STOW - When Sue Labrie was appointed fire chief in Goshen in 2006, she became the first woman fire chief in Massachusetts. This past spring when her brother Michael Gorski was appointed chief of the Hampden Fire Department, they became the first brother and sister fire chiefs serving concurrently in the state and we believe the nation. The fire service has long been a family business, with fathers and sons, brothers and cousins serving together. We have had a mother and daughter both be firefighters here in Massachusetts, although not working for the same department. Thank you to Chiefs Labrie and Gorski for making Massachusetts first again.