The mission of the Saugus Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the people of Saugus and those who visit our Town, from fires, natural and man-made disasters, and hazardous materials incidents; to save lives by providing emergency medical services; to prevent fires through prevention and education programs; to investigate and determine the cause and origin of all fires; to provide defense against terrorist attacks; and to provide a work environment that is free of harassment and discrimination.
The Saugus Firefighters Local 1003 regret to announce the passing of Retired Firefighter Charles "Coach" Shipulski.
FF Shipulski's career with the SFD spanned nearly 40 years, beginning in 1974 he spent the majority of his career on Engine 1 at the Essex St. station, while also serving on Engines 2, 3 & 4 throughout his career before retiring from Ladder 1 in 2013.
During his career he was recognized several times for heroic actions, twice while off duty including performing CPR on a young woman, saving her life when he noticed her mother panicking in the street.
Most notably on May 30th 1976 when a call for fire was received at 0230 at 16 Eustis St, Engine 1 being first due, FF Shipulski along with Lt. Champoux were met with heavy fire, and with complete disregard for their own safety as they made entry to rescue trapped occupants, a severely disabled male was located on the 2nd floor, FF Shipulski lifted the man over his shoulders and carried him through the heavy smoke and intense heat to safety undoubtedly saving his life.
In retirement, Coach could still be seen coming around the firehouse for coffee, getting to know some of the young firefighters, working in his yard as Engine 3 & Ladder 1 went by his house or you just might run into him at the Dunkin Donuts on Hamilton St.
Coach will be sorely missed by all that knew him.