Firefighters from all over the country converge on Peabody
They came from everywhere. Haverhill and New York City. Salem and Baltimore. Even Calgary, Alberta, some 2,500 miles away. More than 1,000 firefighters in their dress uniforms with buttons, badges, and shoes polished for the day. It is a day that they have repeated many times and will repeat until their, possibly, their own day comes. Shortly before 10 a.m., conversations came to a halt when Engine 5, with the casket of Firefighter James M. Rice neared.