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For 112 years, a firefighting family has kept watch

Dorchester native promoted as he carries tradition

Stephen Minehan, 3, says he wants to be a firefighter when he grows up, just like his dad, the Boston Fire Department’s newest lieutenant, who also decided at an early age to follow in the footsteps of his firefighting father, a man who lost his life 18 years ago on a rescue in Charlestown.

“I remember being 4 or 5 years old and coming in here to this particular firehouse, because this is where my father was stationed, and they had a big tiller truck . . . and I remember sitting up in the bucket and thinking this is pretty awesome,’’ said Joseph Minehan, 33, standing in front of a ladder truck Thursday inside the Huntington Avenue Firehouse in Roxbury.

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