The Collapse of The Hotel Vendome – An Interview with Captain Rick Connelly (BFD Ret.)

This episode we take a look at the Fire and collapse of the Hotel Vendome in Boston, Massachusetts on June 17, 1972. This tragic fire in firefighting history has many lessons that can still be valid today.

The fire took the lives of 9 firefighters:

Fire Fighter Thomas W. Beckwith

Fire Fighter Joseph F. Boucher

Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll

Fire Fighter Charles E. Dolan

Lieutenant John E. Hanbury, Jr.

Fire Fighter John E. Jameson

Fire Fighter Richard B. Magee

Fire Fighter Paul J. Murphy

Fire Fighter Joseph P. Saniuk

Captain Connelly is also the author of the book Returning to Quarters, a history of all of the boston firehouses and companies in the city. The book is available for sale and Rick has agreed to waive the shipping for our listeners, and sell the book at $22.00.

If you would like a copy send regular mail with a check to:


PO Box 216

Stow, Ma 01775

PS: Please indicate if you would like the book signed

To contact Rick Directly you can reach him at


Pete Lamb

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