For Dedham firefighters, a different sort of close call

Dedham Fire Department
Dedham’s Engine 4 faced a tight squeeze when responding to a car fire on Star Lane Oct. 23.

Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.


Firefighters in Dedham found themselves in a bit of a pickle while responding to a car fire Oct. 23. In order to reach the vehicle on Star Lane, Engine 4 had to navigate a narrow alleyway with very little clearance on either side. The Dedham Fire Department tweeted a photo of the truck. “Access to some incidents,’’ the tweet declared, “can be the hardest part of the job.” But despite the claustrophobic conditions pictured in the photo, the truck made it. “We got through,” said Deputy Fire Chief John Fontaine.


Two-year-olds can be quite nimble. One minute such a child can be at your feet, and the next moment, it’s where did that kid go? In Bridgewater, a woman called 911 just after 7:30 a.m. July 29 to report that her 2-year-old daughter, who’d been playing near her, was now nowhere to be found. Happily, the woman soon located the child hiding in the basement. On Oct. 23 in Beverly, police were alerted when someone noticed a 2-year-old wandering down a street unattended. Police arrived at the scene just after 4:30 p.m. and reported that the toddler had been returned to her grandmother, safe and sound.


Judging from Mother Nature’s past performance, you wouldn’t expect to spot a person frolicking in the waters off Marblehead in late October. But at around 3:20 p.m. Oct. 24 — a day when temperatures hit the low 70s, about 15 degrees above average — someone called 911 after spotting a man in the water off Ocean Avenue, apparently screaming. The guy soon came ashore on his own and assured the 911 caller he was fine. That screaming? Not a plea for help, he responded, it was merely “because the waves were huge and he was having fun.”



Halloween may once again be in the rearview mirror, but as usual, it was a time of year that brought out tricksters as well as children seeking treats. On Oct. 21, in an incident police are investigating, someone apparently shot a pellet gun at a house on Heath Street in Brookline, creating a small hole in a window. Just after 7 p.m. the following evening, a woman who lives in a retirement home on East Central Street in Franklin told police that someone had repeatedly removed decorations from her door. Less than two hours later, police in that same town received a report quite common for this time of year: that a group of kids were stealing pumpkins and smashing them in the roadway — in this case, Beech Street — for cars to run over. The day after that, there was an incident in Beverly that seemed a bit more appropriate for the Witch City of Salem just to its south: Someone drew a pentagram on a brick wall between the church and the rectory at St. Mary Star of the Sea. Happily, the artist chose to compose in chalk, not spray paint.


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Were you aware that a meteor shower peaked late last month? It seems that the good people of Stow, or at least the Stow area, were all over it. Between roughly 1 and 2 a.m. Oct. 21, on the night considered this year’s high point for the Orionid shower created by debris from Halley’s Comet, police in that town checked out three separate cars full of stargazers. All the occupants assured officers they were simply enjoying the celestial show and would be heading home soon.

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