Cambridge fire lieutenant pleads for return of ‘irreplaceable’ badge

A Cambridge fire lieutenant is pleading for the return of an “irreplaceable” badge that once belonged to his father and was stolen from his vehicle Tuesday night.

Brandon Hugh Sr. said the silver-tone badge was stolen from his car while he was on duty at the River Street fire station.

In a Facebook post, Hugh asked the public to help him recover the badge which has deep sentimental meaning. His father got the badge in 1982, and handed it down to Hugh when he was promoted in 2007.


“It has our initials and promotional dates engraved on the back,” Hugh wrote in the post.“Any help spreading the word to locate this irreplaceable item would be greatly appreciated!”

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The Cambridge firefighter’s union shared Hugh’s post on Twitter. The union also urged the public to help “Brother @bhugh_cfdrecover a stolen @CambridgeMAFire Lieutenants Badge,” the tweet said.

A spokesman for Cambridge police said the badge, along with several other items, were reported stolen sometime between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. The items are valued at about $200, said Jeremy Warnick, the spokesman.

If anyone finds the badge they can return it to the Cambridge Fire Headquarters at 491 Broadway, Hugh said.

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