Goffstown FD mourns passing of Captain Tower

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Goffstown Fire, Police and several agencies escorted the body of Capt. Steve Tower from Concord to Goffstown Tuesday.
The motorcade drove by Goffstown Station 18 where several members of Goffstown Fire stood at attention and saluted as the motorcade proceeded to the French and Rising Funeral Home. Firefighters and family members paid their respect as he arrived at the funeral home. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

GOFFSTOWN, NH – Chief of Department Brian H. Allard deeply regrets to announce the death of Fire Captain Steven W. Tower of the Goffstown Fire Department. Captain Tower died on Monday, August 31, 2020, after completing a physical training assessment at the New Hampshire Fire Academy. He was 54 years old.

Captain Tower began his career in Goffstown as a call firefighter in May of 1985. He was appointed as a permanent firefighter in February of 1987 and promoted to Lieutenant in August of 2001. Steve was promoted to Training Captain in June of 2004 and was instrumental in training many firefighters across the state. He retired from the Goffstown Fire Department in May of 2015 but was asked to return to the Department to serve as part-time interim Chief in March of 2019. After serving in that capacity for three months, he remained as a part-time member, both as an Interim Deputy Chief and Training Captain.

Steve is survived by his wife Nancy; son and daughter-in-law Kerry and Chelsey Tower; son Garrett Tower; mother Linda Desjardins; brothers Derek and Mark Tower; and his second family at the Goffstown Fire Department.

Funeral services will be announced when they become available. The members of the Goffstown Fire Department wish to thank their mutual aid partners who have been covering the town of Goffstown for fire and EMS protection since this tragic event occurred and for the outpouring of support from the Goffstown community.

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