MILO – A tragedy happening hundreds of miles away prompting an outpouring of love here in Maine and several other states as well.
One young man touched more lives in his short time here on earth than most people touch in a lifetime.
Some people leave a mark on a community so great that when they pass away the entire town feels the loss. And sometimes that person leaves an impression that expands way beyond those boundaries. One such person is Devon Strout a young Marine from Milo Maine.
Penquis Valley High School Principal Jeremy Bousquet said “We are known as the Patriots, so he is what I exude as being a proper Patriot, um, for our school, for our community, highly involved in everything from student council, national honor society and he was an amazing student.”
Devon Strout died before the holidays in a Virginia car accident. Not far from where he was stationed in Quantico.
Family and friends gathered in the cold to await the escort of his remains into town. Bousquet added “As he landed in Boston at 5 o’clock today. So standing out in the freezing cold and welcoming Devon to the community that loves and respects him so much.”
All along the way various fire, law enforcement and military personal joined in.
One friend waiting for his return was Julius Murano, they shared a special bond as they became friends in high school and that friendship continued through the Marine Corps. Murano said “Even tho I knew him here, I also knew him in his other life in the Marine Corps where he met a whole bunch more people and impacted so many lives there where hes going to be truly missed in both aspects.”