The recent passing of IAFF 3rd District Vice President A. Michael Mullane is a loss felt throughout the IAFF.
“Michael was a fighter,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “He would be the first to stand up and lead on any issue that had to do with IAFF members and their families. He did it for more than three decades, on the frontlines, fighting on behalf professional fire fighters and paramedics throughout the IAFF’s 3rd District, never backing down until victory was at hand. He will forever be missed.”
Mullane began his service as a Boston fire fighter, serving the city and its citizens for more than 40 years. During his time with the Boston Fire Department, he was also a proud member of Boston Local 718, serving as its president for many years.
Mullane represented the 3rd District for more than 30 years, making him the longest-serving IAFF Executive Board member.
“Stories of Michael will be told for years,” Schaitberger adds. “Across our International, he will be remembered as a tough negotiator and lobbyist, as a mentor, and for his selfless dedication to taking care of fellow fire fighters, especially widows and children of the fallen. To him, there wasn’t a nobler mission than to ensure that the families of the fallen were protected in a time of such great loss.”
Mullane helped create the Boston Firefighters Children's Fund, which donates to Boston residents who have suffered a fire and sustained losses, especially around Christmas.
Mullane, 68, died January 1 surrounded by friends and family.
Arrangements for 3rd District Vice President A. Michael Mullane are as follows: the Wake will be held Thursday, January 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 8 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Brendan’s Church, 589 Gallivan Boulevard, Dorchester, Massachusetts. There will be a Coalition after the service at Florian Hall.
Members should report to District Fire Chief Robert Dowling at St. Brendan’s Church at 8:30 a.m on January 8. Uniform of the day is Class A uniforms. The staging area for parking will be located at the Heritage Hall and the Park & Ride Lot at 114 Granite Ave, Milton, MA. Buses will transport members from staging to the church and back to the staging area after the services.
Rooms are available at the following hotels:
510 Atlantic Ave
Room rate is $199 - call (866) 378-0533 and use code Y9Q. The room block is under Mullane Funeral and International Association of Fire Fighters
Best Western Adams Inn
29 Hancock Street
900 Morrissey Blvd.
800 Morrissey Blvd.
Doubletree Club by Hilton Hotel
240 Mount Vernon Street
Donations in Mullane's memory should be sent to the IAFF 718 Children's Fund.
For additional information, contact Boston Firefighters Local 718 at (617) 288-2100 or visit http://bostonfirelocal718.org/.
Message From General President Schaitberger
January 1, 2016 - It is with profound sadness that I inform you that our beloved Brother A. Michael Mullane passed away early this morning, January 1, 2016.
Michael was the longest-serving member of our great union’s Executive Board, representing IAFF members in the 3rd District for over 30 years as our District Vice President. He was also one of the greatest champions of all of our members and workers everywhere that this union and our labor movement will ever know.
All of our thoughts and prayers go out to Elaine, Neal Jr. and Michael's personal family, as well as his Boston Local 718 and IAFF extended family.
There will be so much to say about this extraordinary man. We have already begun the process of assisting with the plans to celebrate and honor Michael's life and incredible career. We will keep you informed.
Harold A. Schaitberger