In Roslindale, a corner square marks sacrifice of fallen NYC firefighter
A New York City firefighter who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was honored outside his childhood home in Roslindale Saturday morning by the Boston Fire Department.
“Gerard P. Dewan Square” was dedicated at the corner of Wellsmere Road and Wellsmere Terrace, outside the two-story home where he grew up in a family of firefighters.
His late father, Paul H. Dewan Sr., was a Boston firefighter, as was his late brother, Paul Jr. Another brother, William, was a lieutenant on the department, while his brother John, was a Brookline firefighter.
Gerard “Jerry” Dewan, 35, was a member of Ladder 3 in Lower Manhattan, the first company that rushed into the burning World Trade Center. He was on the 40th floor of the first tower when the building collapsed.
“Gerard died doing what he loved, helping others,” reads a memorial inscription at his newly dedicated square.
Dewan was the son of the late Emma Dewan and also has a sister, Maureen Gilligan. His brother, Francis, was a Boston police officer. His brother, Francis, was a Boston police officer. Gerard Dewan graduated from Sacred Heart School in Roslindale and Don Bosco High School, according to the inscription.
Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn and Richard Paris, president of the Boston Fire Fighters Local 718, joined Dewan’s family and friends to dedicate thesquare. An honor guard from the Boston Fire Department also was present.
“Although he wore a different patch on his sleeve, he and his family will always be part of the firefighter family,” Marc Sanders, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department said. “Today’s ceremony truly demonstrated that Boston is a city that never forgets.”