Memorial Monday

Thomas Beckwith

Thomas Beckwith


On June 17, 1972, a fire broke out at the Hotel Vendome on Commonwealth Avenue. It would be the first of four alarms required to extinguish the raging fire It took nearly three hours to stop the blaze. Firefighter Thomas Beckwith, along with eight other firefighters were killed without warning from a collapse during overhaul.

More About Memorial Monday

Memorial Monday is established to remember the sacrifice of firefighters who died in the line of duty before the National Memorial was created in 1981. On the last Monday of every month, a firefighter, or groups of firefighters, will be remembered as we share information about these firefighters and their sacrifice.