Walter P. Long

August 23, 1929October 26, 2012

Walter P. Long Jr. – born in Everett, MA August 23, 1929 to parents Walter P. Long Sr. and Greta (Lawson) Long. He graduated from Everett High School in 1947. Walter proudly served in the United States Coast Guard before and during the Korean conflict from 1948 to 1953 as Radioman 1st class aboard the USCGC Matagorda (WAVP-373). He was honorably discharged in 1953 and joined the Cambridge Fire Department in 1954. During his career as a Firefighter in Cambridge Massachusetts, he was assigned to station 7 in Kendall Sq. His promotion to Lieutenant provided the opportunity to move to Headquarters station 1 hear Harvard Sq, and he lead a crew on the Rescue Squad for 29 years. His last assignment at the CFD was served at Ladder 4 on Sherman Street. Walter also served as an Emergency medical Technician instructor and as a Massachusetts state examiner / Program coordinator. There are many alive today because of the things he did or taught others to do. Walter retired from his 34 year service for the fire department in 1988. He and his wife then moved to Tucson, served a brief tour at the Corona De Tucson Fire department as a Volunteer Firefighter, and later moving cars between Tucson and Phoenix for AVIS rent a car. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara (Goodwin) formerly of Rochester NH, Son James and wife Lisa (Melvin) Long, Daughters Karen Long, and Susan (Long) Spalla Husband Lane. He was preceded in death by son Steven Long who died at birth. He has five grand children, Amy Long, Kimberly Long, Leland Long, Austin Spalla, and Alexis Spalla. There will be a public viewing at East Lawn Cemetery Chapel 5801 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ on Monday evening, October 29th, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 on Tuesday, October 30th, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church 8051 E Broadway Blvd Tucson, AZ. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Last Alarm foundation, PO Box 18408, Tucson AZ 85731.


  • Visitation Monday, October 29, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Michael Dressler

February 27, 2013

To Mrs. Long and Family,
All of the Dressler family send our sincerest condolences to you at this time of loss. Walter Long was a long-time friend and associate of ours, particularly "Dr. Don" and myself. Walter was an excellent teacher, a loyal friend, and the man you would want beside you at any kind of fire or emerency. His knowledge and courage were matched only by his modesty. The City of Cambridge is a safer place today because of his efforts. Rest in Peace.

alby stephane

January 18, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

December 4, 2012

Dear Susan and family,
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Please extend my sympathies to your Mother. You are all in our thoughts.

Paula {Kilfoyle] Letizia and Family and

November 1, 2012

Dear Barbara, not sure if you'll receive this, however I know that Joanne would want you to know,how sorry we are for your loss.You and family are part of wonderful memories of Matignon Remembered fondly in prayer--Fleurette Arseneault

Marcy Schneider

November 1, 2012

I knew Walter through firefighter
stories from his daughter Susan, my dear friend. I thank him for giving me the gift of his daughter. I thank him for his courage and acts of valor. I am honored and privileged to have attended his funeral and feel the love so many people had for him. This world needs more Walters. May he rest in peace...

Chaplain Richard Reuer

November 1, 2012

I wish to extend to you and to members of your family my deepest sympathy on your loss. May the Lord's loving promises comfort you and give you strength as you walk through this difficult time. On behalf of a grateful nation as an expression of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your loved one. (If you wish a personalized memorial card mailed to you with history of playing of taps, 21 gun salute, meaning of each fold of the flag as a keepsake, Send for request to: Chaplain Richard Reuer, Honoring Those Who Served Ministry, 1206 6th St SW, Minot, ND 58701. (This service is free to all veteran families). Thank you for your serving from one veteran to another – Thanks!

Susie Riesgo-Balog

October 31, 2012

Barbara and family,
What an amazing picture of Walter. It's so crazy how you know a person for so long and really don't know what they did for a living and that he saved so many lives. What a privilege to have known Walter. He really was so sweet to me always! Walter will truly missed but the memories left behind are never gone.
My thoughts and prayers,
Susie Riesg-Balog

Tobias Winkelmann

October 31, 2012

Rest in Peace Walter- may the Lord take you on his side and give strength and comfort to your loved ones!Sincerest wishes from Germany, Tobi

Robert Westerman

October 31, 2012

Aloha Walter until we meet again brother firefighter. As we all pass through this earth we leave a little bit behind, I have such fond memories of our short time togeather. I am gratful for the wisdom you emparted to me it is one of the reasons I am who I am today as a fellow firefighter.
Our prayers to your Baraba and the kids and grandkids.

Bob and Ann

Peggy Sullivan Eighmy

October 30, 2012

Where to begin? Mr. Long was such a huge part of my childhood and my family's life. I will always remember him with great affection and appreciation. So many memories: scratching Cleo's ears, eating donuts and cheese at the kitchen after a shift, installing your great pool and maintaining it for all the neighborhood kids, always encouraging me to drink milk at the millions of dinners I ate at your table and then telling Barb to lay off when I couldn't bring myself to drink it, letting us be gruesome victims in the CFD drills, rushing into our house in order to minimize the fire damage and convincing my dad to get out, literally rushing to my dad's side with your mom whenever we had to call an ambulance for one of his medical emergencies, taking me camping in the coolest pop-up ever, and always, always a warm smile and kind word. They don't make them like that any more and I was truly blessed to be in his orbit for so long. May he rest in peace in the joyous company of my parents and Harry welcoming him to the neighborhood... Much love, Peggy Sullivan Eighmy