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May 9, 2013

Kemper questions aid at fire scene

Amid concerns after blaze, fire engineers asked to address protocols


He objected to what he felt was Kemper’s attempt to “single out retired West Newbury firefighters as ‘liabilities to the town’ due to our efforts to actively assist at the scene.”

The letter went on to say that “rather than help in any substantial way” Kemper “stood on the sidelines berating retirees for jumping in to help when help was clearly in need.”

It would have been “malfeasance” for former firefighters like himself not to pitch in during a time of crisis, Connolly said.

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