Firefighting: A family tradition for the Bassett clan
The Bassett family - represented by Richard, Nicholas, Richard, Frank, Kate Bassett Winter, Russell, Arlene and Carroll - is the first family to receive the Award for Outstanding Service to Forest Fire Protection. (COURTESY)
“They deserve it,” he said.
The family tradition of becoming firefighters started with Raymond K. Bassett of Sandown when he was appointed a Deputy Forest Fire Warden in 1923. Raymond and his wife had 16 children, many of which also became firefighters, along with their children and their children.
“We are part of the community, and this is what you do for neighbors,” Carroll said.
For Carroll’s wife Arlene, what would be extraordinary for anyone else has become common.
Instead of giving him a hard time, Bassett III said his family was supportive and encouraging.
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