You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

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.

Your comment is subject to the rules of our Posting Policy

This comment may appear on your public profile. Public Profile FAQ

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of