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Man Pleads Guilty in Paul Frontiero’s Murder Trial

Nashua, NH –Matthew Packer pleaded guilty last week to fatally stabbing Gloucester son EMT Paul Frontiero.

Paul was murdered while coming to the aid of his friends Jill Arnold and Kathryn Libby who were being brutally attacked by Packer. To read more about the heartbreaking story: Fatal Stabbing and Guilty Plea.

Charged with murder in the first degree, Packer was originally planning to plead guilty by reason of insanity. Instead he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will serve a minimum of thirty years. The prosecution is asking for sixty to life. Sentencing will take place on August 21, 2013.

Mercifully for the Frontiero Family there won’t be a long drawn out trial. The Frontieros are very relieved that sentencing will take place soon. Now comes the healing. Our prayers and thoughts are with Paul and Cathy and sons Salvatore, James, and Christopher over the loss of their beloved son, brother, and hero Paul Frontiero III.


See Paul’s Beautiful Memorial Page on Facebook


Paul Frontiero III

New Hampshire 2012 Heroes Awards


From the Unionleader,
“CONCORD, N.H. — Dozens of first-responders and quick-acting citizens received recognition at the Statehouse on Thursday for their heroic actions.
The annual Union Leader Hero Awards recognize people who acted heroically to help others, some even sacrificing their own lives.
The waters of the Merrimack River were running high last summer when a man and his two stepdaughters fell off their jet ski and were left clinging to a barrier cable just 300 feet from the Amoskeag Falls and likely death.
And then there was Frontiero, the 27-year-old emergency medical technician from Nashua who went to the aid of two women being attacked by a knife-wielding motorist on Spruce Street last Oct. 9. The attacker turned the knife on Frontiero, fatally stabbing him 16 times. The two women survived.
“Paul Frontiero will always be a hero,” McQuaid said to a standing ovation from the approximate 200 people who gathered beneath a white tent. Paul and Cathy Frontiero of Gloucester, Mass., accepted the award posthumously on behalf of their son, whom they described as someone who spent his life helping others.   “We’re proud of him,” said Salvatore Frontiero, 25, one of Paul’s three brothers.”


FlashBack GMG Snowy Owl Photos 12/17/2008

FlashBack 2008 GMG Snowy Owl Photos

These were my first photos ever published on the GMG Website on 12/17/2008. I would go down to the State Fish every morning before work to watch the lights of the boats leaving the Harbor.

This one morning in 2008 I saw this Bird which I thought was a seagull with no beak. sitting on a sign post. When I got closer I saw that it was really a Snowy Owl. I rushed home and got my camera thinking it would probably be gone by the time i got back. Luckily it was still there.

I’ve had a recent close encounter with an Owl in my Yard this past Thursday night which I shared with a few special people in my life. It made me think back to this post. When I checked the date that Joey put them up it was 3 years ago today. Kind of Ironic!

All these events i feel have changed my life.

Here is one meaning of seeing an Owl;

In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead.

In this light the owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls. A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl some negative associations with death.

It should be clear that the owl was honored as the keeper of spirits who had passed from one plane to another. Often myth indicates the owl accompanying a spirit to the underworld – winging it’s newly freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit.

Here are those 12/17/2008 posts;



EMS Procession For Paul Frontiero III

Our Paul asked us to document this last part of his son’s life.

Special thanks to Kim Smith, Father Matthew Green and Patricia Natti for providing pictures as well as the music. 

During the moving mass by Father Garibaldi, Patricia Natti sang Ave Maria which sent a chill up my spine. I obviously wasn’t about to whip out my camera to record it but was thinking of how nice it would have been to have as the backdrop to the video Paul asked us to take.  I said it to Kim Smith who was sitting next to  me at the time. 

After the ceremony the family gathered downstairs in the church where I ran into Patricia and Father Green who agreed to meet back at the church at 4:30 PM to record the audio for us.

I spoke to Paul and he sends deep thanks for such an act of kindness.

Here is a link to the editorial in the Gloucester Daily Times

Rest Easy Paul Frontiero III

As some of you may or may not know by now.  Our Paul Frontiero and his wife Cathy lost their son the night before last in a senseless act of violence in Nashua New Hampshire.

Paul the III just like his Father and Mother touched so many lives in a positive way.  Paul Frontiero the III was scheduled to leave for the Dominican Republic on a medical mission in just two weeks.

He died trying to save the lives as others, selflessly.  It was the way he lived his life, trying to help others.

Paul on his last trip to the Dominican Republic on a medical mission-

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Paul Frontiero III joking around with the Nuns down in The Dominican Republic.

paul and nun sharing a beerpaul and the Bone

The Story from the Union Leader

A local emergency medical technician died saving two women being attacked outside their apartment building, his mother said.
Paul Frontiero III, 27, was stabbed to death Sunday night; police are still searching for the man or men involved.
Cathy Frontiero of Gloucester, Mass., said her son heard a commotion outside his residence about 10:30 p.m. and went out to investigate. Police told her that two women were being harassed by a man or two men who kept driving by 13 Spruce St.
“When he went out, the guy from the car had a knife to a girl’s throat,” Cathy Frontiero said. “Paul jumped him to save the girl’s life. He died a hero.”
Police say the car sped away after the attack. Frontiero, a Londonderry High graduate who worked for EasCare Ambulance Service of Dorchester, Mass., was later pronounced dead at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Jill Arnold, 29, and Kathryn Libby, 29, both of 13 Spruce St., also were injured in the attack. Arnold suffered minor cuts, and Libby suffered stab wounds not expected to be fatal, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.
Cathy Frontiero said her son knew the women, and they all lived in the same apartment building. Police have not revealed much information to her and her husband, Paul Frontiero Jr., she said. “The police said it was a random drive-by incident,” said the victim’s mother.
While the loss of her son, a 2003 Londonderry High graduate, is unbearable, Cathy Frontiero said it is somehow comforting knowing that he potentially saved two young women.
“In his short life, he did a lot of incredible stuff. Everybody loved him,” she said. “He was such a good kid.”
Paul Frontiero III studied at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord and previously coached youth lacrosse in Gloucester, Mass.
In high school, he played lacrosse, baseball and football..
He is one of four sons, according to Cathy Frontiero. On Oct. 20, he was to leave for a medical mission to the Dominican Republic, she said, adding it would have been his second trip there to help the less fortunate.
“He liked living in New Hampshire, and never talked about the crime in Nashua,” she said, explaining as a paramedic in Boston and Dorchester, Mass., he had witnessed a lot of crime.
The EMT was studying to become a paramedic, according to his mother, who said he had a passion for helping others and died doing exactly that. An autopsy was to be performed Monday afternoon.
Crime tape surrounded the house on Spruce Street Monday, as police placed evidence markers on the street and driveway.
A portion of the road was closed while authorities investigated.
A neighbor, who declined to give his name, said he was outside when the commotion began Sunday night. He said it appeared to be a minor dispute, and he was surprised to learn that someone had died.
Investigators from the state Attorney General’s Office have classified the case as a homicide.
“His assailant was in a car with at least one other person and fled the scene of the attack. He remains at large,” a news release from the AG’s office said.
Kenny Demers, who volunteers across the street from the homicide scene at the Grey Nuns Thrift Shop, said the news is sad and disconcerting.
“This seems to be happening more often in Nashua,” Demers said. “When I was a kid, we did simple pranks, but now there is so much crime with knives and guns.”
Demers said he worries about the women volunteers at Grey Nuns, and helps out so there is a male presence around in case of trouble. The neighborhood has become unsafe, he said.
“We hear of these things happening too often around here, and it is upsetting,” Demers aid.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the attack to call police at 594-3500, or the Crimeline at 589-1665.
Cathy Frontiero hopes that her son’s murderer will be identified and arrested quickly. Many relatives gathered at her home in Gloucester, Mass., on Monday to support one another and mourn their loss.
“I am trying to hold it together. We have a big Italian family, so that helps,” she said.
George Gilpin, CEO of EasCare Ambulance Service, described Frontiero as a selfless and dedicated employee who worked with extreme professionalism and compassion.
“His life was senselessly and prematurely taken away by this tragedy,” Gilpin said. “He truly will be missed by all.”

.Paul Frontiero Jr is loved by his many many friends, you can view the testimonials by his friends here at his facebook page

Paul writes-

In 2006 he walked the greasy pole dressed as a pirate. and some photo’s from the dominican republic mission drinking with the nuns in the dominican and with his dog bone. He was supposed to go on a medical mission with the Gloucester Holy Family Parish to the Dominican in two weeks. They’re saying a special mass in the dominican today where he was supposed to go.
thanks Paul

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Paul and his friends just before walking the Greasy Pole in 2006

paul greasy pole

I will keep you all updated as to the funeral arrangements as I hear them.

Please keep our Paul Frontiero, his wife Cathy and their family in your prayers.