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Remembering Peabody's James Rice

Peabody firefighter James Rice died one year ago today, battling a three-alarm fire at 5 Hancock St.

One year ago today on Dec. 23, 2011, Peabody firefighter James Rice paid the ultimate price on the job, and for that he will forever be a hero.

Just two days before Christmas last year, Rice, an 11-year veteran of the Peabody Fire Department, died battling a three-alarm fire at a multi-family home at 5 Hancock St.

He was 42 and left behind his wife Amy and three young children: Alyssa, Katelyn and Ryan.

In the months since Peabody was rocked by the tragedy -- the first time a firefighter was killed like that in the line of duty -- the city has grieved and rallied around his family and fellow firefighters in countless ways.

Rice is remembered as a true hero, both at home and by those who only knew of his story.

Fire Chief Steven Pasdon says that today, Peabody firefighters will gather to remember their fallen brother in a private service.

For the past year, from first tragedy to numerous ways the community has rallied together around in tribute to Jim Rice, Peabody Patch has chronicled it all. You can find our complete coverage of this ongoing story here.

Saber Walsh December 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Anybody who dedicates their lives in service to others, and loses it while or because of serving, is a hero. God give Jim Rice rest and his family peace this Christmas.
jean burke December 23, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I did not know the Rice family prior to this tradgedy, but it is amazing how much of an impact his story has had on my children, they have learned about what a true hero is and what it means to come together as a community to help those in need, God bless the Rice family during this holiday season.
bjean December 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I hope the city is taking care of his widow and his children. I hope my tax dollars are going towards them. So sad, he put his life on the line as they all do, every time they answer a call. Police, fire, first responders are true heroes.
Jennifer Johnson December 25, 2012 at 01:22 PM
We miss you James! Merry Christmas to your lovely family.

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