Monday, 08 October 2018 14:57

Maine remembers its fallen firefighters

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AUGUSTA - Dozens of people gathered Saturday morning to remember firefighters who died in the line of duty.

While October of each year is National Fire Prevention Month, the first Saturday of the month is designated as a time to honor those firefighters who lost their lives while on the job.

 

The last time a Maine firefighter died while on duty was in March of 2016, when a Millinocket firefighter suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty, according to records kept by the U.S. Fire Administration.

 

"It's remembering all those who have gone before us, our brothers and sisters who have passed," Maine Federation of Firefighters President Ken Desmond said.

 

Since 1990, 18 Maine firefighters have died in the line of duty.

 

"So I think it's a real honor to go out and try to show our respect. And also to try and do the best we can to try to help them," Sen. Scott Cyrway, R-Albion, said.

 

On average, 100 firefighters lose their lives every year while doing their job.

 

"We're always faced with the chemicals, plus the off-chemicals, from the working structure fires," Desmond said.

 

If there was one thing Sen. Cyrway said he wanted people to remember, it's that these people put their life on the line.

 

Nationally, last year 60 firefighters died on the job, the fewest in 40 years.

 

Saturday was not just a day to remember those who have given their lives battling fires across the state.

 

It was also a day to remember the sacrifice firefighters and their families make on a daily basis.

 

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying p...