On Saturday September 16th Firefighter Scott Holt’s life drastically changed. As he was finishing his shift at the fire station, he fell from a truck and suffered a catastrophic neck injury. Scott was immediately taken to a Worcester Hospital where he underwent surgery to repair the fractures in his neck. He is currently in extensive rehab at a facility in Boston. Unfortunately, at this time the outlook is uncertain. While Scott maintains his sense of humor and is cognitively unaffected, his body is not recovering as hoped and the use of his extremities is limited at best. As a thirteen-year veteran of Littleton Fire Department and a valued member of the state hazmat team, this event has changed life completely for Scott, his family, and his friends both in and out of the fire service. As we all pray for his full recovery, it has become obvious that Scott will need equipment when he goes home to assist him with daily life. The Littleton Fire Department is holding a benefit fundraiser on November 11th from 6p.m. to 11p.m. at the Billiards Café in Ayer to help offset the rising cost of Scott’s care. We need your support to make this a successful event and start Scott and his family on a path of recovery. Please join us for a night filled with silent auction items, raffles, food and more!
The history of Ayer Massachusetts dates back to 1667 when the first mill was built. Ayer was originally part of Groton and was incorporated as a town in 1871.
The town was named in honor of Dr. James Cook Ayer who provided the funding for the construction of Town Hall. Ayer's growth was greatly influenced by the development of the railroad for transportation during the mid 19th century.
Though it is a fairly small town in size of only 9.5 square miles, Ayer became a major junction for east-west and north-south rail lines thereby developing into an important commercial center.
Camp Devens was located in Ayer and was established in 1917 at the onset of World War I and renamed Fort Devens in 1932. With the presence of thousands of military and civilian personnel, the town's commercial development shifted to meeting their needs until Fort Devens was closed in 1996.
Ayer is a reflection of its history today. In its small area the town proudly hosts numerous industries, a thriving historical downtown that is unique to the region and modern commuter rail service to Boston.