Kenneth D. “Ken” Marshall, Jr. died unexpectedly at the age of 33 on Thursday, November 25, 2010 in the line of duty while responding to a call for the Rehoboth Fire Department. A lifelong Rehoboth resident and a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Ken was a third-generation volunteer firefighter for the RFD at Station Two on Tremont Street. Ken was also a devoted family man, married to Bethany with two children, son Trevor and daughter Brianna.
Sunday, July 15 at 10 AM, Fire Station Two was renamed and dedicated in Ken’s memory. With hundreds in attendance on the sunny summer morning, a formal thirty-minute ceremony was conducted and the new sign on the station unveiled. A stone monument with a bronze plaque was also unveiled on a newly constructed paved courtyard along with two engraved benches. A paved walkway and split rail fence leads up to the memorial area, next to the station’s flag pole.
Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to stay for refreshments and fellowship.
REHOBOTH FIRE STATION TWO
Along with construction of the new memorial courtyard and walkway on the front lawn, the station itself experienced a “rebirth” with new paint and landscaping. Donors provided materials and volunteers offered their expertise to create the beautiful new memorial.
All American Cleaning
Vincent Armenio, MD
B & B Wholesale
Countryscapes Landscape Construction
Edward Rowse Architects
Firefighter Roger Papineau (retired)
Honey Dew Donuts
J & J Materials
Little Tree Nursery
Live Earth New England
The Lynch Companies
Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association
Station 3 Firefighters Association
Station 2 Firefighters
Town of Rehoboth
Following the dedication ceremony, Trevor and Brianna Marshall (left) with friends looking at the newly unveiled memorial to their father.
The Kenneth D. Marshall, Jr. memorial monument.
As family and friends look on, Deputy Chief Barresi concludes the dedication ceremony.
Fire Chaplain Rev. John M. Amaral gives the benediction.
The dedication of the memorial and renaming of Station Two.
Unveiling of the new station sign.
Unveiling of the memorial monument in the newly constructed courtyard with engraved benches.
“This is what we do,” said Fire Chief Robert Pray explaining how firefighters not only serve the Town of Rehoboth, but support each other and their families.
Deputy Chief Frank Barresi expressed his appreciation to all the volunteers, firefighters and family members that worked for the past two months planning and constructing the new memorial courtyard and walkway. He added this opportunity has also given an old fire station a new beginning, a rebirth, with new paint and landscaping.
Michael Costello, Chairman of the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen, reflects on those who choose to serve the town as call firefighters, risking their lives for others whenever a call goes out.
Presentation of colors before the flag raising.
During the playing of the National Anthem.
People gathering before the dedication ceremony.
A beautiful summer day in Rehoboth, Massachusetts as firefighters, family, friends and townspeople gather for the dedication ceremony of the newly named Kenneth D. Marshall, Jr. Fire Station Two on Tremont Street.
Ken Marshall’s family after the ceremony renaming the station in his honor and memory.