RANDOLPH, Mass. — Hundreds of people passed through St. Mary's Tuesday night honoring fallen Watertown firefighter Joseph Toscano at a wake.
The father of five collapsed and died last week while responding to a fire on Merrifield Avenue.
"this is the event you never want to happen," Watertown Fire Chief Bob Quinn said.
Toscano lived in Randolph, where Tuesday's wake was held. His coffin was carried in by his brother firefighters while others saluted him farewell.
“It's an amazing brotherhood and it will certainly be on display tonight and tomorrow," Quinn said.
In addition to the hundreds of friends, family members, and firefighters at the wake, Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Gov. Charlie Baker stopped by along with complete strangers to pay their respects.
“He’s just an everyday hero one of our first responders who puts his life on the line every day and I just wanted to show support and teach my daughter this is how we support our heroes," Colleen Burgess from Randolph said.
Toscano's funeral will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown.
A memorial fund has been set up to help Toscano’s family.
Donations can be sent to:
Watertown Firefighters Relief Association
99 Main St.
Watertown, MA 02472