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Greenfield Recorder Quotes Morons Who Blamed Orange Firefighters For Not Saving Two Young Girls From Fire

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A tragic fire hit the town of Orange a couple days ago, resulting in the unspeakable deaths of two girls. As a father it’s hard to even write these words. One of girl’s who died lived there, and the other was there for a party. They had gone upstairs to get some sort of princess stuff for the party, and the girl’s father was severely injured trying to rescue them. But as horrible as this tragedy was, the local newspaper, the Greenfield Recorder, made it a million times worse by taking a steamy dump all over the Orange Fire Department in their coverage of the storyHere is the before and after of the article they published about the story:

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Basically they retracted the following sentence after public outcry:

From what they saw and heard up the street, they believe the girls were still alive when firefighters arrived and that they did not act quickly enough in connecting a hose and entering the home.”

Now I don’t know the first thing about the Orange Fire Department, but common sense tells me that firefighters wouldn’t intentionally let two little girls die if they had the power to stop it. But that’s just Turtleboy. Turtleboy uses common sense. The Greenfield Recorder, not so much.

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Now, the first thing Turtleboy would’ve done if we were reporting on this fire, is find out a little bit our sources. The reporter, Chris Curtis of Montague, interviewed three people who alleged that the fire department intentionally let these two little girls die – Jesse Jorgensen, Denise Dirth, and her husband Michael Chaplin. We couldn’t find anything on Jorgensen, but there’s plenty on the other two. Let’s start with the eye test. These are the lovebirds who are apparently experts on fire science and public safety, according to the Greenfield Recorder:







If those two don’t look reliable, then no one does. Here’s the most recent work experience that Denise has listed has listed on Facebook:

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Well, if being a cashier at Cumby’s doesn’t qualify you to pass judgement on the fire department, then I don’t know what does.

Then there’s her husband Michael. Let’s check out what he’s all about:

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He seems like a well-reasoned and rational human being. Definitely value his input on firefighting protocol. Definitely.

Him and the wifey are also a big fan of the ganja:

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Not that there is anything wrong with that. After all, we’ve done a couple bone rides up in that area. But I will say this – when you’re high, you don’t always have the greatest judgement or reaction time. Nonetheless, this brilliant, upcoming young reporter decided to take the words of two Orange lifers, who may or may not have taken bong rips within the hour, as fact.

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Oh, and the best is when you look up Michael Chaplin’s arrest history in the Athol Daily NewsHe’s only been arrested a billion times:

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Like that time him and his friends got all sauced up and stirred up some trouble at the local Subway:

Michael W. Chaplin Jr., 20, 872 Mechanic St., was arrested on a charge of minor in possession of liquor. The arrest occurred when the manager of Subway on East Main Street stated that her employee called about subjects inside the store, possibly drinking alcohol and refusing to leave. Police responded and two subjects were sent on their way and Chaplin was arrested.

Or the time he got into a car accident, hurting someone, and fled the scene:

Michael W. Chaplin Jr., 24, 82 Mechanic St. – negligent operation of vehicle, leaving scene of personal injury – pleaded innocent, pretrial conference Feb. 22.

Or the time he was charged with assault and battery on a police officer:

Michael W. Chaplin Jr., 24, 82 Mechanic St. – assault and battery on police officer, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace – pleaded innocent, pretrial scheduled Dec. 2.

Turns out he had a really good reason for assaulting a cop. He was just in a car that crashed into a house and him and his passenger were trying to get away:

At 11:31 p.m., police responded to Mechanic Street for a report of a car that possibly struck a house. Two male subjects ran from the vehicle and up the street. While checking the area, police came across two male subjects. While speaking with Michael W. Chaplin, 24, of 82 Mechanic St., he became very belligerent. He was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery on police officer and disturbing the peace.


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Luckily the Greenfield Recorder is getting annihilated on the Facebook machine:

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Well, everyone except for one local moron:

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It’s not really surprising that the Greenfield Recorder would engage in trash journalism like this either. They do have a past history of shitting on first responders. Remember in December when we reported on the Greenfield police sergeant who was being defamed and harassed by his two neighbors because they looked into his garage and saw a confederate flag? We also found out that the two Dad’s who were complaining about this flag were basically using their 10 year old adopted son to launch a crusade against this highly respected officer.


Ya see, their son is black, and apparently this flag, which you could only see by looking deep into their neighbor’s garage, would scare the son. They had also trained him to believe that cops were not there to help him and that he should be scared of them.


Oh yea, and Dad #1 has a pretty inappropriate Facebook page, considering he is a Northampton Middle School teacher.

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Yet the Greenfield Recorder still wrote an editorial, demonizing this Sergeant McCarthy, while saying nothing about the overzealous, anti-police Dads who were using their black son as leverage in their game of PC world domination:

Right now that portrait, which McCarthy has painted of himself and the town isn’t a good one. McCarthy has the right to his beliefs, and to speak up about his intentions. But out of respect to his public duty and to his neighbors — who include a young African American boy — he should take down the flag.


Anyway, what the newspaper should have done is focus on what really mattered – the unspeakable deaths of two innocent young girls. They could’ve easily shared this GoFundMeBut they didn’t. Instead they interviewed two unqualified local idiots who wanted to blame the fire department for trying their best to save these girl’s lives. How’d you like to be on the Orange Fire Department right now. You signed up for a job that endangers your life on a daily basis. Your entire career you will be seeing unspeakable things and it will be incumbent upon you to save the day. And when a tragedy like this happens your local newspaper blames you for it. Unreal.

Look, Turtleboy Sports will instinctively take the side of teachers, cops, firefighters, nurses, social workers, and anyone else who signs up for a job whose primary goal is to help other people in need. Because there is an ongoing war on these people by news outlets and politicians everywhere, and they should be publicly shamed like this.





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25 Comment(s)
  • Jennifer Mcnabb
    March 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I think these two need to be arrested just for being as stupid as they are.. They just want attention and they are going about it the wrong way. Grow up and mind your own business. If that wee my kids that died and they were interfering with any thing to do with it.. I WOULD FREAK ON THEM. I would make it clear to them to walk away and never mention me or any of my family members ever. Then I would show them the door and kick their asses out the door…. and then some.

  • Iron Jam
    March 10, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I think the firemen did everything they could. My problem is my wife works at Cumby’s, and thanks a lot for dehumanizing people that work there. I’m sniffing a good reason why your site is “suspended”. You complain about bad journalism, but can’t be bothered yourself.

  • Reaper
    March 9, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I still cant understand why the recorder would ask the two biggest loser in this town anyone would lie abiut having a kid should. Rut in hell loser this moron alsi says he works then they need to be talk to disabilty because he scammming them

    • Steven Johnson
      March 9, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Huh? Is that English? These two sentences are literarily incomprehensible.

      • Rational person
        March 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

        Translation: “I still can’t understand why the Recorder would ask the two biggest losers in this town. Anyone who would lie about having a kid (lie about being pregnant) should rot in hell. He’s a loser. This moron also says he works. Then they need to be talking to the Disability office because he is scamming them.”

        Or something like that…

  • Not aTrump Supporter
    March 9, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Hey Tony – The cop was renting the house to someone else and they put up the confederate flag. He had nothing to do with it. Please get your facts straight before you comment. On another note, these two upstanding citizens seem like a totally reliable source. Why wouldn’t any reliable news source want to quote them. I’m also sure the fire department did all they could to save these girls and we should all be saying our prayers for the family.

  • GH
    March 9, 2016 at 6:45 am

    The Recorder loves their quotes. One time they wanted to interview my brother, but he kept saying no and they ended up just making up a generic quote from him and putting it in the paper. It made us look good so we didn’t raise a fuss but it’s still dishonest.

  • ninja turtleboy
    March 9, 2016 at 6:22 am

    ugh they both look so lumpy and frumpy and uncomfortably overweight

    • Clele
      March 28, 2016 at 7:52 am

      She used to be way bigger than that actually! Dont know if it was drugs or surgery how she lost the weight but I know it wasn’t healthy eating and exercise

  • buster
    March 9, 2016 at 5:26 am

    This guy sees himself as some kinda redneck history-lesson-giving badass. Most actual rednecks would see him as a girly-man loser.

  • chuck
    March 9, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Wow people should think more talk less.

  • Matt
    March 8, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    People will always be quick to judge first responders. It’s a battle we will never win we are always criticized no matter. I’ve been a Firefighter 10yrs now and been around the service my entire life (I’m 28) and it’s seemingly gotten worse. Social Media and mobile phones with cameras don’t help the matter. I’m not sure about Orange but the County I live in is 99% volunteer. As is majority of the country many times we respond from home to get to the station. We’re also taught we are the number one priority. We don’t treat ourselves as such very often but we need to stay alive to get the job done. If we go down what good are we we’re only making matters worse. I wasn’t there so I don’t know the story. But was the situation tenable or was it untenable? Fire load comes into play how involved was the structure? So many variables come into play on a fire ground. If you have fire blowing out of every window, or heavy fire on the floor of the supposedly trapped. I say supposedly because there have been times no one is there or they’re in a completely different room. The chances of them being alive very slim. Before making accusations people need to look at the whole picture. But if you have no experience as a First responder sometimes it’s not an easy thing to do. People get blinded by their anger and don’t think clearly. Sorry for drawing it out but when it comes to defending my fellow first responders I tend to rant.

    • Nick
      March 9, 2016 at 11:25 am

      I’ve been around first responding my entire life. Not as an actual first responder, but as a grandson/son/brother/cousin to somewhere in the neighborhood of a dozen firefighters and EMS professionals in Central and Western, MA. 30 years worth of stories from my family members, countless visits to live burn practices, fire musters, and even a jaunt through fire academy put me in a place to agree fully with Matt. Adding a body to the count in the form of a downed firefighter just makes the situation that much more complex to manage, and completely blows the fighters’ focus off target. Based on witness accounts, flames were blowing out the top windows when the department arrived. Odds are the victims were unreachable if they didn’t get to them on time. My family members have seen countless deaths from fires and accidents, but you can damn-well be sure they would’ve traded their lives for those lost if it meant they could’ve saved them.

  • Lori
    March 8, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    the last time a tragidy happened like this where children died in a house fire was back in the early to mid seventies here in Athol and I can tell you that my late husband did everything he could to save everyone but the fire moved very quick and he was only able to save 1 child from the fire and it wasn’t even his. When the fire department did arrive on scene they had to hold my husband back from entering the house. I applaude the fire department and first responders for going above and beyond to make everyone safe.

    • Cicely
      March 28, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Are you talking about the fire on Gage Rd.? Off Daniel Shays highway?

  • Common sense isn't so common
    March 8, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Seriously Tony shut the fuck up you “Rubba”.

    • Tony
      March 9, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Good point.

  • Tony
    March 8, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    So it’s okay for the cop to have a Confederate Flag but not ok for the guy whose opinion you disagree with to have one on his facebook profile? Let me add that I’m sure the firefighters did everything in their power to save these girls but you can’t play both sides man .

    • Steven Johnson
      March 8, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Yea, that was the only problem I had with the report too. TB is making good points, but there was some serious cognitive dissonance there.

    • Tim
      March 9, 2016 at 12:22 am

      I thought that too at first, but the report isnt saying its not ok… Its definitely casting judgement, but about the issue in separate ways. The fb flag makes him appear like a jerk in the tone/context of it. The garage one isnt throwing it in your face.

      • Rational person
        March 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm

        Well, I think anyone who chooses to display or honor that flag is a dooshnozzle, regardless of where it is.

    • Wabbitt
      March 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Go read the linked blogs about the flag.

  • Lynn Price
    March 8, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    One thing I didn’t see posted was when Michael was a teenager, he used to ride up and down Mechanic St at top speed on his unregistered dirt bike, til the day he slammed into an SUV with no helmet and nearly died. Thanks to the quick response of first responders he lived to slander them.

    Please keep me anonymous

    • Tim
      March 9, 2016 at 12:19 am

      If you wanted to be anonymous, you probably shouldnt have typed your name

  • UsualSuspect
    March 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you TB! My wife gave to the GoFundMe the day it started as she grew up in the area and knows some extended family members. The Recorder will be going the way of the T&G in the next ten years. Journalism? I don’t think so. Let the subscription cancellations begin!

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