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COVER FEATURESTORY COCOANUT GROVE XXX COALITION  LEARN MORE ON ‘INSIDER’ Join us November 29 for the next edition of “NFPA Insider,” including a segment on Cocoanut Grove. For information visit +PRESENT BY FRED DURSO, JR. PAST East Boston. The photo ran in the paper on December 12, 1942, and captured the moment when a passerby delicately placed a hand on the boy’s face to comfort him. The family kept the photo, but it was lost after they moved into a new home soon after the tragedy. “My dad has been talking about this photo for years,” says Zenkin’s daughter, Noelle Hanafin, of Burlington, Massachusetts. “With him getting older, this is On the 70th anniversary of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, NFPA launches a new effort to collect and conserve the event’s stories and artifacts ime has not dulled the pain Walter Zenkin, Jr. experiences whenever he’s reminded of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire. At 82, Zenkin somberly, and vividly, recalls listening to the radio on November 28, 1942, when news of a raging fire at the establishment located in Boston’s Bay Village neighborhood was first broadcast. He knew that his mother, Mary, was at the popular spot that night, and Zenkin, only 12 years old at the time, couldn’t hold back his tears as additional news reports brought further details about the tragedy. His worst fear was realized: His mother was one of the 492 people who would die as a result of the fire. He agreed, then later declined, to accompany his father, Walter Sr., to the morgue to identify his mother’s body, which was burned beyond recognition save for the wedding ring on her finger. T On the day of Mary Zenkin’s funeral, a photographer with the Boston Evening American snapped a photograph of Walter, Jr., his sister, Margaret, and their father leaving Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in LOST 5 AND FOUND  Noelle Hanafin (left) and Marie Stamos with the newspaper from 1942 that  brought them together. Facing page, the exterior of the club following the fire that killed 492 people. 44 NFPA JOURNAL NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - November/December 2012

NFPA Journal - November/December 2012
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Past + Present
Easy Being Green?
Pressure Points
2011 Large-Loss Fires
2011 Firefighter Injuries
Section Spotlight
What’s Hot
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - November/December 2012