Everett’s First Female Firefighter Passes

A photo spread from Firefighter Susan Pipitone-Braley’s life was showcased at her wake.

By Lorenzo Recupero

Susan E. Pipitone-Braley offered 25 years of her life to the city of Everett, as a dedicated firefighter — the city’s first and only female firefighter in the ranks — she lived and died as a protector of the city.

On August 1, Pipitone-Braley succumbed to cancer as an active member of the Everett Fire Department. She was the driver/Engineer of Engine 1.


(Above) A Mourning Ribbon hangs from Susan Pipitone-Braley’s Engine 1.

Scores of fireman, active and retired, attended the viewing at Rocco Funeral Home on Friday, August 3, including deputy chief Joe Hickey, who worked with Pipitone-Braley for the last 7 years and recalled a genuinely good person.

“I worked with [Susan] on fire prevention during our time and she was a great fire inspector and great person, she knew her job and did it very well,” said Hickey.

The Funeral will start from the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St, Everett on Saturday August 4 at 9:30AM and will commnece in the Funeral Home at 10AM. A Firefighter Honor Guard is set to conclude services at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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