Former Pittsfield Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Polidoro was honored yesterday by a fire department procession in front of his home on Wednesday.

Retiring in 2017, Polidoro is battling late-stage ALS, (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. ALS is otherwise known as Lou Gherig's disease.

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Pittsfield's Engine 6, also dubbed "Poly's Pride", lead the multi-vehicle procession with included apparatuses from Pittsfield, Lenox, Lee, Lanesborough, New Ashford, Action EMS, plus some friends and family.

Polidoro was an integral part of designing Engine 6, one of the newer pumper trucks (2016) in Pittsfield's fleet.

Pictured below is Engine 6, where you can see "Poly's Pride" above the windshield.


Polidoro was on the department for 28 years before becoming unable to work. He last worked as a Deputy Chief. He was also a member of the dive and hazmat teams and taught at the academy.

Just after the 9/11 attacks, Polidoro headed to ground zero to help with rescue and recovery missions as part of Massachusetts Task Force One, a state urban search and rescue team, as well.

Video of the procession is courtesy of Brittany Polito and

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