REHOBOTH, MASS. (WPRI) – Rehoboth firefighters paid tribute to a fallen colleague at a ceremony Sunday morning.
In November of 2010, firefighter Kenneth Marshall, Jr., was behind the wheel of a fire engine just leaving the firehouse when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Now, Station Two, which family described as his second home, has been renamed in his honor.
Marshall’s mother Rhonda attended the ceremony, and it was the first time she’d seen the memorial plaque bearing her son’s likeness.
“I can’t even put it into words,” she said. “It hits you right here.”
“He had a smile that was contagious,” Deputy Chief Frank Barresi said. “It was unbelievable. When he would walk into a room and smile you couldn’t help but smile yourself. He was just a big, happy guy.”
Back in 2010, black bunting hung over the sign above the station’s doors, and today it was pulled away to reveal the station’s new sign, which bears Marshall’s name.
Rhonda Marshall told Eyewitness News that her father – Kenneth’s grandfather – actually helped build the fire station.
“The town has been wonderful, the firefighters have been wonderful,” she said. “Can’t thank them enough. His name will live on forever.”