May 3, 2017

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Liberty Mutual honors Worcester Fire lieutenant

Liberty Mutual Insurance has named Worcester Fire Department Lt. Anne Marie Pickett the winner of the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Community Service and Public Education.

Anne Marie Pickett

Worcester Fire Department Lt. Anne Marie Pickett

Liberty Mutual will present a grant of $10,000 to the Worcester Fire Department. The department plans to use the grant money to buy more materials to enhance its educational workshops and possibly a transit van to ease the firefighters’ transportation between various assignments.

Pickett, a 17-year-veteran, leads the department’s Community Risk Reduction and Public Education Division.

The “Lincoln Village fire-stop program” is one of the examples of Pickett’s groundbreaking work. Through analysis of fire reporting data, she identified a community fire problem and created a program to address it.

The analysis showed that a housing complex, consisting of 1,700 units and nearly 4,000 citizens, had a significant cooking fire problem. On average, one or two families a month were displaced with about $20,000 in damages per occurrence in the complex.


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