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August 8, 2013

'Happy birthday, babe'

Widow dedicates bench to late husband, former deputy chief


“I didn’t know where to go to buy a bench. It was all in David’s hands,” she said. “He chose a beautiful slate gray bench. It’s a really beautiful bench.”

She said her husband, whom she married in 2007, was fascinated with the city’s history and its architecture. She said he was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed playing board games.

“We’d have constant Scrabble matches,” she said. “He was a homebody and had some very close friends.”

Fiorentini called Deputy Chief Buckley a dedicated firefighter and a family man.

“His commitment to his community will not be forgotten,” the mayor said. “We thank his widow, Angela, for her purchase of the bench and for helping to continue to make our city beautiful.”

In September 2012, a the 26th annual IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial service in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the names of three Haverhill firefighters were added to a Wall of Honor. Also added to the wall were names of other fallen firefighters from the Merrimack Valley.

Haverhill three honorees — Lt. Mark Young, who served on Engine 4 at the Bradford fire station; Deputy Chief Buckley, who served at the Water Street station; and firefighter David Turner, who served on Engine 1 at the High Street station —were among the 154 firefighters and emergency medical personnel from the United States and Canada honored at the ceremony hosted by Colorado Springs Firefighters.

At the time, Haverhill firefighter and local union president Greg Roberts said Young, Buckley and Turner are all considered to have died in the line of duty because they succumbed to occupational-related cancers.

“All three had to retire when they got sick and were no longer able to perform their duties,” Roberts said. “These are the first line-of-duty deaths we’ve had since 1990. These are regular line-of-duty deaths, and not regular passings.”

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