BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
EXETER ‚Äď Ladd School, once a scene of indescribable heartache and tragedy, was reborn yesterday as the Rhode Island State Fire Academy.
Dignitaries, including Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, state Fire Marshal John E. Chartier, State Police Superintendent Col. Steven G. O‚ÄôDonnell, Richard Licht, state director of administration, State Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed ‚Äď and representatives of fire and police departments across the state ‚Äď attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.