The search of the Great Pond/Reservoir has been suspended for today. All parties involved in today’s search will be back at the water’s edge tomorrow morning. There have been no new developments in the search.
Christopher Defreitas, age 16, of Randolph, was last seen at his home at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 24.
Defreitas is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 133 pounds, with an athletic build, brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Defreitas’ whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.
News Media Logistics for the Wake of Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano
RANDOLPH — The wake for Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (211 N. Main St.) in Randolph from 4-8 p.m.
Members of the news media should stage by 1 p.m. to ensure parking and to minimize obstructions for the mourners.
The news media will be allowed to park across the street from St. Mary’s Catholic Church on North Main Street. The parking lot with Caffe Bella and Five Guys will be open to press, but please DO NOT park in the spaces directly in front of stores or restaurants. Use spaces farther away from the shops for news trucks and vehicles. Spaces will be marked by traffic cones, and Randolph Police Officers will be on site directing news media to the proper parking spots.
Members of the news media not driving marked company vehicles should be prepared to present valid photo identification to access media parking.
The Randolph Police Department and Chief William Pace advise the public that at least one lane of North Main Street will be closed between Cottage and School streets starting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Motorists not attending the wake should plan an alternate route.
A firefighter walk-by will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
The public is welcome starting at 4 p.m.
There will be no news media or cameras allowed inside the church for the wake.Cameras must remain across North Main Street on the business side.
Boston Firefighter/Public Information Officer Steve MacDonald is the contact on site for the wake. From time to time, friends and family who desire to be interviewed will be brought by Firefighter MacDonald or his representative to the media staging area.
Firefighter Toscano’s body will remain at the church overnight, and firefighters will stand watch all night.
Members of the news media should remain in position if possible, but vehicle swap will be allowed. Vehicle swap is highly discouraged between the hours of 2 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
The funeral procession will depart Randolph for Watertown at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
RANDOLPH — The following is a statement from Randoph Police Chief William Pace:
“Earlier today, the public safety community lost one of its own and the Town of Randolph lost a resident. Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano, age 54, reportedly died as a result of a medical emergency he suffered while battling a fire Friday morning.
“On behalf of the Randolph Police Department and the entire community, I offer my most sincere condolences to the Toscano family, including Joseph’s wife and five children. Firefighter Toscano served the Watertown Fire Department bravely for more than 20 years.
“The Randolph Police Department asks that members of the public and the news media please respect the privacy of the Toscano family and not intrude upon their grief during this most difficult time.”