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Gov Patrick firefighters Governor Deval Patrick today met with several firefighters who aided in the rescue of MBTA electrician Edward Rowe, who fell nearly 30 feet into a concrete shaft near the Red Line’s Charles Street/MGH station on March 30.

“Their act of heroism helped save Edward Rowe’s life, and I extend my deepest praise and thanks to these brave firefighters for acting quickly and professionally in the line of duty,” said Governor Patrick.

The Governor thanked Ballin Wright and Gary Dardia, Boston Firefighters from Rescue 1, who lowered themselves into the shaft, and hoisted Rowe out, for their courage and service. Boston Fire Department Commissioner Rod Fraser, Acting Chief John Hasson, members of the command staff, and men and women from Rescue 1, Engine 4, Engine 10, Ladder 24, and Tower Ladder 3 were also present.

Edward Rowe, an MBTA electrician, was cutting power to the third rail to allow fellow repair workers to safely access the Longfellow Bridge when he stepped on a wooden plank covering a small hole. The wood plank gave way and Mr. Rowe fell between 25-30 feet into a concrete shaft, where he was injured before being lifted out of the hole by the rescue team.

As a result of this incident, MassDOT has ordered all wood covers on the Longfellow Bridge immediately replaced with steel covers, and a has initiated a complete assessment and investigation of the incident.

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