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Merrimack Valley

December 8, 2012

Learning from loss: the Merrimack River tragedy 10 years later

10 years later, tragedy still a teaching tool for river's dangers


She said having Jaycob, 20, and Christopher, 23 a former football star at Central Catholic and the University of Delaware, around gives her the strength to go on. She has been without a job for three years and volunteers at Lazarus House Ministries.

”I laugh with people who I volunteer or work with and I feel more relaxed when I come home instead of staying in the house,” she said.

Chief Romero said the memories of Dec. 14, 2002 still remains fresh in the city.

”That was a terrible night for the city of Lawrence. It was so well publicized, a lot of people have learned from it. It was a horrible day and that’s something that you’ll never forget,” Romero said. “It was also one of the bravest acts I’ve seen from the responders.”

A Mass will be held in memory of the boys Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 300 Haverhill St., Lawrence.

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