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Farmington firefighters return to ‘new normal’ six weeks after deadly explosion


WMTW NEWS 8’S TALIA
CLARKE IS AT THE FIREHOUSE
WITH A MESSAGE FROM THE
ACTING CHIEF.  
 
 
 
TALIA ON CAM
ASSISTANT CHIEF TIM HARD
SAYS SO FAR, 3 OF 6
FARMINGTON FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN THE GAS
EXPLOSION? ARE BACK AT
WORK. PKG
2 OF THEM, CAPTAIN TIM TD
HARDY AND FIREFIGHTER
JOSEPH HASTINGS ALREADY ON
DUTY AT THE FIRE-HOUSE. 01;37;44;07 “IT’S A MORALE
BOOSTER FOR ALL OF US AS
THESE FOLKS COME BACK TO THE
LINE OF DUTY.” 01;37;49;16
FROM NOW ON, THE DEPARTMENT
WILL FUNCTION FULLY STAFFED WITH THEIR áOWN
EMPLOYEES? 01;32;56;24 “TODAY MARK
THE FIRST DAY THAT WE ARE
GOING BACK TO WHAT WE CALL A
NEW NORMAL, AND AS WE MOVE
FORWARD WE WILL BE
ADJUSTING TO THAT NEW NORMAL.” 01;33;05;27
THE DEPARTMENT IS
PROCESSING THIS “NEW
NORMAL” ? MOVING FORWARD
WITH THE THOUGHT ONE MEMBER
OF THEIR DEPARTMENT, WILL NOT BE RETURNING? CAPTAIN MICHAEL BELL WHO
DIED IN THE EXPLOSION? 01;40;01;05 “THAT’S GOIN
TO BE PART OF THE HEALING
PROCESS, BUT IT’S ALWAYS
GOING TO BE IN OUR MINDS.”
01;40;08;05
NOW ? THEY’RE THANKING MORE THAN 80 DEPARTMENTS FROM
AROUND THE STATE ARE
STEPPING UP AND HELPING OUT
IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. 01;34;09;28 “THIS HAS BEEN
A VERY TRAGIC EVENT AND
STILL IS, BUT IT’S BROUGHT
US A LOT OF US A LOT CLOSER.”
01;34;16;11
HE SAYS THEIR HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE REAL
HERO ? CUSTODIAN LARRY LORD
– WHO AT LAST CHECK, IS STILL
IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT
MASS GENERAL IN BOSTON. 01;38;16;08 “WE’RE STILL
KEEPING IN OUR MIND WE’R
NOT GOING TO BE COMPLETE
UNTIL WE CAN GET LARRY LORD
HOME.”
TALIA ON CAM ALTHOUGH ALL 6 OF THE
INJURED FIREFIGHTERS ARE

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