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Firefighter Families Receive $2.2 Million-Accountability & Safety Changes Through Litigation

There is no way to foresee the future and prevent every tragedy from occurring, however we can learn from past mistakes and make changes in the way we behave and act to build a more promising future. A recent Boston Globe article tells the story of two firefighters that were killed battling a grease fire in a neighborhood restaurant. The gross negligence of three parties resulted in a deadly volume of grease back up in the restaurant’s air ducts. City ordinance required that restaurant air ducts be cleaned quarterly to prevent grease build-up that may cause devastating fires. Workers at the restaurant, the restaurant’s landlord in charge of maintaining quality standards, and a professional cleaning service hired to clean the air ducts (they cleaned the stove and hood, but never looked at the air ducts) were all unable to hold themselves accountable and make sure that the air ducts were cleared of grease. Because of their negligence in this important safety matter, two Boston firefighters paid the ultimate price.

The families of the firefighters sued all 3 parties and received $2.2 million in a settlement. However, the effects of this lawsuit go far beyond compensating the firefighters’ families for their loss. Today, as a direct result of this tragedy and the litigation it spawned, tougher city regulations exist to assure that commercial kitchen cleaners pass a certification test and register with the fire department before they are allowed to work in city restaurants. This precaution should lead to more qualified, knowledgeable and responsible cleaning services.

The change in city ordinance resulting from this tragedy is a sobering reminder that the beneficial effects of lawsuits do not stop with those personally involved. As John Adams once said, “Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty. Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle, and fed and clothed like swine and hounds.” The families of firefighters of Warren J. Payne and Paul J. Cahill were fleeced out of a lifetime of memories with their beloved. By demanding justice through litigation, the families of these firefighters have caused an improvement in safety measures; hopefully these changes will prevent another tragedy like this occurring.

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