Monday, 08 October 2018 15:04

Newport public safety personnel support one of their own

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NEWPORT - They called it red supporting blue -- in other words, firefighters supporting a police officer.

In this case, Newport firefighters threw their support behind Newport police Officer James Kennedy as he battles pancreatic cancer.


On Saturday morning, members of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club kicked off the fundraising with a ride through central Maine.


Later in the day, people headed to a park alongside the Sebasticook River to raise more money with a Cornhole for a Cause competition.


"Jamie Kennedy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months ago. And since then he's been out of work. And we're trying to come up with ways so we can raise money to make it easier on the family," Newport Fire Chief Jeff Chretien said.


"It means a lot to my whole family. It means a lot to me. It just shows me that everyone's out there supporting us," he said.


The fire chief said first responders are all members of the same family and families help each other.


Anyone who wants to contribute to the fund supporting Officer Kennedy may send donations to the Newport Fire Department.