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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Lieutenant
Age: 45
Year of Death: 1999

Richard D. Mingolelli

Richard D. Mingolelli was born in Brighton, Massachusetts, on November 30, 1954. He was one of four children of Richard and Vincenza Mingolelli. He graduated from Franklin Institute in Boston and sought further training and employment as an EMT prior to becoming a firefighter.

He became a proud member of the Boston Fire Department in 1985 and an active participant in Local 718. He served on several active engine and ladder companies over his years of service and was a lieutenant on Ladder 10 at the time of his death. Richard was a dedicated and highly respected officer in his firehouse. He had all the great qualities of a team leader and was appreciated and admired by all the firefighters with whom he worked. He always worked alongside his men, protected them, and served as a wonderful mentor and role model.

His easygoing manner, patience, and gentle smile brought comfort to all he met. He was a member of several Boston Fire Department sports teams, including the hockey and golf teams. He was an excellent athlete and enjoyed participating in team competitions and events. He was an untiring and talented instructor and coach. Lt. Mingolelli was also an accomplished cook, well known for his sauces and special recipes, and enjoyed making meals for his company. He had an interest in computer programming and repair and had taken additional training in these fields. He enjoyed teaching computer skills to other members of his department and assisting with computer repairs and programming for his firehouse.

Richard Mingolelli was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend—a tribute to his family and to his chosen profession of Boston firefighter. His greatest love was that of his family, and they adored him in return. Lt. Mingolelli married his high school sweetheart, Anne Marie Sweeney, in 1984 and became the proud and loving father of twins, Brian and Jenna, in 1995. He was devoted to his family. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, and spending time with his extended family and many friends. He impressed all he met with his knowledge, compassion, respect, and dedication to his job and family.

Richard Mingolelli made a lasting impression on everyone he met and will live forever in the lives of all he touched.

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  1. Never to be forgotten. We miss you every day. Waiting for the day we meet again. Love you always.

    – Sue
  2. Rich will always be remembered as a great guy with a wonderful personality, great smile. RIP Rich

    – Anthony Rufo
  3. Miss you dad.
    -Brian

    – Brian Mingolelli
  4. ‘Little Richard’ is how I remember my cousin – not to be confused with Uncle Richard and ‘twin Richard’ in the family. Although he grew up to be the ‘biggest’ Richard in the family, I do remember his happy smile and easygoing nature – even when we were young, playing together on Sundays.

    – M A Chiulli