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Firefighter’s priceless keepsakes are stolen

WORCESTER — Irreplaceable mementos of one of the six Worcester firefighters killed in a massive blaze at a city warehouse in 1999 have been stolen from his son’s home.

Tim Jackson Jr. told The Telegram & Gazette that a safe containing the items was stolen from under his bed. Electronics were also taken from the home.

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Items in the safe included Tim Jackson Sr.’s Vietnam War medals, including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, discharge papers, a replica of his fire badge, and an apology letter from one of the people found responsible for starting the blaze.

His father and five colleagues died in the fire at the vacant Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building started when a homeless couple sheltering inside knocked over a candle.

Jackson wants the priceless items returned, no questions asked.

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