BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is honoring the Boston firefighters who rescued a veteran MBTA electrician who plunged down a 30-foot deep shaft during a morning inspection of subway tracks.

Patrick invited the rescue squad into the governor’s office Friday morning.

Patrick said he wanted to publicly thank the firefighters on behalf of the citizens of Massachusetts and the family of the worker they saved.

He said he was incredibly awed by the job that firefighters do every day.

Ed Rowe plunged through a thin piece of plywood covering a 2-foot-by-2-foot hole between the tracks at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s elevated Charles/Massachusetts General Hospital trolley station at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

It took rescue workers more than 2 1/2 hours to pull out Rowe, who suffered severe leg injuries.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Taxpayer says:

    Grandstanding on the Governors part on the backs of hard working public servants. This is what firemen do, what they get paid to do, and they do it well. They don’t need to be used for political purposes. Where are all these politicians when the public servants need them at contract time????

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