Colonel McKeon: Statement Regarding Early-morning Fire in Greenfield

Colonel Richard D. McKeon, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, releases the following statement regarding the early-morning fire in Greenfield that claimed the life of four family members.


Brian Tower, who perished along with three members of his family in a house fire this morning, was a valued, dedicated, and highly- respected employee of the Massachusetts State Police for 28 years.

Our prayers tonight are with Brian and the loved ones who perished with him: his wife Florenda (Houle) Tower; her son, Raymond Wood; and Raymond’s five-year-old son, William Paul Clark.

Brian was a member of our State Police family, and as such, his loved ones were also part of our family. We are mourning the sudden and tragic losses of four members of the MSP family tonight.

Brian was a Radio Maintenance Technician Grade II, a civilian position responsible for servicing the radio systems in our cruisers and the portable radios carried by troopers. His duties were vital to maintaining the communication between troopers, barracks, and other agencies that is so important to our first responders.

Brian was born in Hartford, was raised in Franklin County, and graduated from Franklin County Technical High School in Turners Falls, where he studied electronics, in 1985. He joined the department in August 1988 as a Radio Maintenance Technician Grade 1, and was promoted to Grade 2 in July 2007. He worked his entire career at Troop B Headquarters in Northampton.

Members of our Employee Assistance Unit are working with Brian’s survivors and colleagues. Our thoughts are with the loved ones that Brian, Florenda, Raymond, and William leave behind.

We thank the firefighters who responded to the incident in an attempt to rescue Brian and his family.

–Colonel Richard D. McKeon
Massachusetts State Police