Southborough mourns unexpected loss: Firefighter Kenneth Strong

Southborough emergency departments shared sad news over the weekend. Firefighter Kenneth Strong died unexpectedly Thursday of last week. The Southborough Fire Department posted on Friday:

Yesterday the Southborough Fire Department lost a brother. Firefighter Kenneth Strong passed away in his home…

Posted by Southborough Fire Department on Friday, May 8, 2015

Over the weekend, Southborough Police acknowledged the lost, posting:

Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters at the Southborough Fire Department, as they mourn the loss of one of their own. Firefighter Kenneth Strong passed away unexpectedly yesterday, while at his home. Many of our officers recall FF Strong’s professionalism and upbeat attitude while handling emergencies in and around town. He will be sorely missed by his brothers in Red & Blue, and we wish to thank Firefighter Strong for his commitment and service to the Town of Southborough. Please keep FF Strong and his family (both his immediate family & his Firefighter Family) in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

As of this morning, service details are still pending.’s obituary states:

Kenneth R. Strong, 43, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at his home in Oxford. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the care of Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden.

I will keep you posted as more details and a full obituary are shared.

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John Kendall
7 years ago

I find it a bit odd that people will rant, rave, and carry on on this blog about anything and everything, but a town employee passes away, and not a word. Here’s a few for ya…..I worked with Ken Strong at the Southborough Fire Department for the last couple of years of my career. He was highly intelligent, a good firefighter, and a great paramedic. He could face the best and worse situations with calm. He had a wry sense of humor, and I truly enjoyed working with him. Outside of the department he worked as a paramedic at Patriot Ambulance. His co-workers felt the same way as I do about him. He had a great family life, enjoyed his dogs, a sports car, and was totally devoted to his two boys, Joey and Chris. They were his everything. I’ll miss Ken lots. He brought a lot of good to the fire department, as well as to the Town of Southborough. We lost a good man folks.

Jeff Rudd
7 years ago


I am not sure why people do not say more on the blog when a good person is lost. I said words here before about good people and was the only one and lots of time nothing at all is said about a person. Thank you so much for saying some words for Kenneth. It is a sad day.

My only assumption is that people may feel awkward saying something in this forum. There is not right or wrong in this situation and I commend you for stepping up. I did not know Kenneth but it sounds like we all lost something great. Thank you again as I feel I know him better now.

Heidi Q.
7 years ago

I chose to post my thoughts on SFD’s FB post, but can put them here as well. Ken Strong was part of a team that saved my son’s life ten years ago. Since then we have remained in touch with Ken – and all the guys on that team – and call them our friends. When I heard of Kens death it was like a punch in the gut. The town lost an amazing man, someone who loved our town and was literally there for us all, at anytime. I will make sure my son never forgets all that Ken did for him. Ken will always be a hero to my family.

John Kendall
7 years ago
Reply to  Heidi Q.

Thank you Heidi…..I was retired by then, but I remember that call and how worried all the the guys were following it, especially Ken. I know how you’ve kept in touch with him, and I truly appreciate your kind words.

Former Townie
7 years ago

I think that maybe people just don’t know what to say. As I sit here and read this, I am saddened by this loss. For his boys, for the rest of his family and friends. He was taken too soon. I also did not know Ken. Firefighters and Police put their lives on the line for every one of us and I am grateful to them. My condolences to the family and friends of Ken.

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