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M.A.S 9/8/2014

posted Sep 10, 2014, 5:47 AM by Cocoanut Grove Coalition   [ updated Sep 10, 2014, 5:48 AM ]
My father, Martin Sheridan, was a survivor of the Cocoanut Grove Fire.  He attended that night as Buck Jones publicist working through Monogram Pictures.  He was pulled out by a sailor on leave and spent 3 months in Mass General Hospital.  The sailor that pulled my father from the fire came up to my father 2 years later aboard a ship in the Pacific (2000 miles from Boston) when my father was serving as a war correspondent for the Boston Globe.  He came up to my father and introduced himself as the sailor that pulled him out.  They stayed in touch for the rest of their lives.  The sailor on leave that night was Howard Sotherden from RI.  My father saw to it that his was given a medal for valor for his actions that night.  He pulled several victims out that night before he went back a last time and found Dad.  His wife, Connie Sheridan, died in the fire.  My father was a writer and wrote many stories and articles for various newspapers and magazines for years on the anniversary of the fire.