Norwood's flag flew at half mast and mourning bunting was displayed at the public safety building last month to pay tribute to retired firefighter Faye McDonough who passed away on September 28, 2013. Fifty-five year old McDonough retired from the Norwood Fire Department in 2011 not only as an honorable local public servant and generous contributor, but also as an admired Massachusetts figure. McDonough made state history as the first woman firefighter in Massachusetts appointed by Civil Service in October, 1982.
McDonough, a 1976 Norwood High School graduate, better known to Norwood students as Firefighter Faye, performed fire safety classes throughout the Norwood School system and continuously gave of herself through her generous charitable work throughout town. Her 59 badge number follows a family tradition, originally worn by her father Charles, her brother Patrick and now proudly carried by her nephew Patrick.
McDonough's services were held at Gillooly Funeral Home, in Norwood with a Mass of Christian Burial, on October 4, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, in Norwood. She was laid to rest in Highland Cemetery, Norwood. Donations in McDonough's name may be made to The Hundred Club of Massachusetts, 17 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA 02115 or at www.100clubmass.org.