‘A Great Day for the Town of Hudson’ as Fire Station is Dedicated

August 3, 2018

 

by Len Lathrop

The apparatus bays were full Wednesday night as Hudson gathered to dedicate the James A. Taylor Memorial Fire Station at 204 Lowell Road. Ironically, the bays were full of people and all the trucks sat quietly in the driveway of Mission Pointe. The chairs were full, and it was standing room only; a great turnout.

Hudson Deputy Chief Scott Tice served as the master of ceremony. After the Fire Department Honor Squad presented the colors, Firefighter Mike Armand sang the anthem and Chaplain Reverend Howe offered the invocation. Howe spoke of this being a milestone that honors those who have gone before us over the years.

Chairman Roger Coutu offered a moment of silence for Firefighter James A. Taylor for whom the station is dedicated. On July 27, 1981, Hudson Firefighter James Taylor died in the line of duty when Tanker 4 rolled over near 100 Wason Road. A second firefighter suffered severe injuries in the crash. Coutu continued by thanking the voters who approved the building of the station. He mentioned the hard work it took by everyone to have a station that other communities have paid up to $9 million for that Hudson, under Chief Buxton’s direction, was able to build for under $3 million. He thanked Selectman Morin and former Selectman Madden for their push to get this approved by the voters. He closed with “A new day — a great day for the town of Hudson.

Chief Robert Buxton thanked the taxpayers of Hudson and everyone involved in the project “looking forward to the impact this station will have on our organization. From inception to completion everything exceeded our expectations. Following this service Lt. Gregg Rich will become the first facility manger and know he will operate this station in the vision, value, and mission of the Hudson Fire Department.

After an unveiling of the plaque that will be fixed to the station, this Lowell Road station will become the James A. Taylor Memorial Station, fixing his name permanently in the history of the Hudson Fire Department and the town of Hudson.

As firefighters cut the ribbon, the celebration closed with the uncoupling of a ceremonial hose.