Maine Officials Honor Fallen Berwick Fire Captain

Maine officials are expressing their sorrow over the passing of a veteran Berwick fire captain who died in the line of duty at a fire on Friday.

Condolences are pouring in over the death of Berwick Fire Captain Joel Barnes, who died from injuries while battling the four-alarm blaze. Four other firefighters were injured.

Video posted online showed the firefighter’s body being escorted by first responders from the Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in nearby Dover, New Hampshire. The Maine fire marshal identified the fallen firefighter as Barnes.

The other injured firefighters were treated and released from the hospital.

On Twitter, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins called Barnes a hero “who lost his life while bravely seeking to save the lives of others.”

“Maine will be eternally grateful for his sacrifice and for all of our firefighters who face extreme danger to protect our communities,” Collins wrote.

“Joel will be forever remembered for his courage and service to our state,” said Governor Janet Mills in a tweet Saturday morning.

The fire 10 Bell St. summoned firefighters from 16 communities.

Associated Press Wire reports contributed to this story.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston

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