Kane receives Employee Excellence Award after assisting at fatal fire


Kane receives Employee Excellence Award after assisting at fatal fire
Firefighters battle a fire on Belknap Street. Water Department Lead Person Brian Kane was recently recognized for his assistance during the fatal fire. (photo/Laura Hayes)

WESTBOROUGH – The employee excellence award committee has presented the April 2023 award to Brian Kane, lead person for the Water Department.

Kane is a lifelong resident of the town. After graduating from Westborough High School, Kane joined the Navy. He then returned home and began a career with the Westborough Department of Public Works, where he has been an employee for more than 20 years.

At the beginning of April, Kane was driving down Belknap Street while working during the day when he noticed smoke and fire coming from a house. Kane stopped his work truck, jumped out without hesitation and assisted the first police officer at the scene. 

The house had heavy black smoke and flames coming out, which did not deter Kane after he learned that someone was still inside. Kane and others tried to enter the home through a back door. The fire pushed the group back, but Kane ran around the house and tried to get in through a side door. Thick, heavy smoke ultimately deterred him from entering the structure. 

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.’s office later identified the victim in the fatal fire as Evelyn M. McGlory.


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