Harold E. Moore II

Harold E. Moore II

Harold E. “Ed” Moore II suffered a fatal heart attack after responding to a residential fire on April 28, 2020, with the Jackson Fire Department.

He graduated from Mt. View High School in 1996 and received a degree in diesel mechanics from Washington County Tech. He was employed by Bangor Truck & Trailer from 2002 until his death.

Serving with the fire department was his passion in life for 25 years. He joined as a junior firefighter in his teens and moved up the ranks to lieutenant.

Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodcutting, and farming.

He was remembered as a jokester who loved helping people. He is missed by all who knew him.

Alphonso Lufkin

Alphonso Lufkin was a member of the Caribou Fire Department from the 1890’s until his death on March 1, 1906. Mr. Lufkin was a business owner and very active in his community. Alphonso Lufkin was the part owner of Smith & Lufkin grocery and was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities. On the night of February 19, 1906, Alphonso Lufkin responded to a structure fire on Bridge St. in Caribou, Maine. 3 children were trapped upstairs in the burning home. Alphonso Lufkin, with the aid of lanterns, made entry into the burning home and up the stairs to the 2nd floor. Alphonso Lufkin located the children and carried them outside. Unfortunately, the 3 children perished. Mr. Lufkin, complaining of pain in his head, went directly home and died 10 days later. Alphonso Lufkin death was caused by smoke inhalation injuries.

Louis Andrews

Louis Andrews was the department foreman for the Caribou Fire Department. On March 6, 1944 Louis Andrews was on scene of a barn fire when he fell backwards off a firetruck and sustained a head injury. Louis Andrews died on March 16, 1944 at Cary Memorial Hospital. Mr. Andrews left behind his wife, Vivian and two children, Loretta Mae and Reginald Louis.

Alexander Goldfrank

Lieutenant Alexander “Sandy” Goldfrank was a 24 year veteran of the Caribou Fire Department. On the night of August 9, 1968, Lt. Goldfrank had responded to the Caribou Fire Department for a mutual aid call. While attempting to mount a fire engine, Lt. Goldfrank slipped underneath the fire truck and was run over. Lt. Goldfrank was transported to Cary Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries 2 hours later.

Marcien A. Vallee

Private Marcien A. Vallee, Was born in Lewiston, Maine on December 11, 1922. He joined the Lewiston Fire Department on June 6, 1947. He died in the line of duty on July 7, 1949, at the age of 26 when Lewiston and Auburn fire trucks collided at Court and Main Streets in Auburn as both departments responded to a fire alarm.

Russell H. Tarr

Captain Russell H. Tarr, Was born in Lewiston, Maine on September 1, 1901. He joined the Lewiston Fire Department on December 12, 1933. He died in the line of duty on July 12, 1949 at the age of 48 from injuries suffered on July 7, 1949 when Lewiston and Auburn fire trucks collided at Court and Main Streets in Auburn.

Michael A. Bell

Michael A. Bell

Captain Michael A. Bell was a 30-year veteran of Farmington Fire Rescue. On the fateful morning of September 16, 2019, he responded to a call and just minutes after arriving on scene, a devastating propane explosion occurred, taking his life.

Mike loved being a firefighter. He was a third-generation firefighter and was fortunate to have served alongside his father, Captain John “Jack” O. Bell and his brother, Chief Terry S. Bell, for many years. Mike began his firefighting career as a volunteer firefighter in Mexico, Maine. After moving back to his hometown of Farmington in 1989, he joined Farmington Fire Rescue and worked his way up through the ranks to captain.

Mike was a plumber by trade and had recently semi-retired from his plumbing business to spend more time with family. He enjoyed building things and home improvement projects, often receiving help from his family and firefighter family or assisting them with a project. Mike loved watching football (Go Patriots!) almost as much as he enjoyed watching his grandsons play basketball, soccer, flag football, and baseball. Mike loved to travel and treasured time spent with his wife, family, and friends on trips to St. Maarten, Canada, Disney World, and Rangeley. He took great pleasure in time spent outdoors, whether it be hiking, fishing, canoeing, visiting his ‘grand horses,’ or even mowing his lawn.

Mike took pride in helping people and was an active member of our close-knit community, serving on numerous planning boards and committees over the years. Mike was understated and unassuming in nature. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke you listened. He was well-respected and admired by those who knew him. You experienced his presence and were better for it in the end. Most importantly, you could always count on him, whether you were family, friend, or fellow firefighter.

Michael will be deeply missed by his wife, Diana; daughters, Michelle, Danielle, and Sara; sons-in-law, Michael and Shane; grandsons, Ryan, Garrett, Camden, and Brennan; siblings, Bonnie, John, Terry, and Ronnie; longtime family friend, Dale; and many other family members and friends. On the morning of September 16, as he walked out the door headed to his final call, Mike’s wife, Diana, said, “I love you. Be careful,” to which he replied, “Always.” His family and friends will always remember the sound of his voice, his piercing blue eyes, his folded-arm stance, the warmth of his hugs, and his quiet confidence that made those around him feel safe and protected. He was our hero, not because of how he died, but because of how he lived.

Joel Patrick Barnes

Joel Patrick Barnes

Captain Joel Barnes was born in Portland, Maine, on November 17, 1986. Barnes was a graduate of Old Orchard Beach High School. In Berwick, where he had worked since 2016, he was a training officer and emergency medical service coordinator. He previously worked at South Berwick Rescue, York Ambulance, the Old Orchard Beach Fire Department, and as a firefighter/paramedic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was a per diem firefighter in Acton, Maine. He attended the Southern Maine Community College Paramedicine and Fire Science program and trained at Saco Valley Fire Academy and Horry County Fire Department in South Carolina.

Joel was known for his wry wit. He enjoyed the outdoors, and some of his favorite activities were camping, hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking. He particularly enjoyed time spent on family land passed down from several generations on a pond in Maine. He also enjoyed taking road trips, both independently and with friends. His father will always fondly remember the trips they took to see Red Sox games at various stadiums. His mother will remember him as a dedicated and loving son who put his family first. He was a wonderful uncle to his nephew and niece. He was very creative in making up silly games to make his nephew laugh, and they bonded while watching Scooby Doo cartoons, as well as enjoying tours of the fire department. He had bought a home with community lake access, and he was enjoying making it his own.

Joel was the grandson of career firefighter Lieutenant Stanley Maleski of the Baltimore City Fire Department. Survivors include his mother, Margaret Barnes, of Old Orchard Beach; father, Michael Barnes, and wife, Deborah, of Old Orchard Beach; a sister, Kara Allaire, and husband, Daniel, of Dover, New Hampshire; and nephew and niece, Evan and Adrienne; as well as a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Peter Allen Larlee

Peter Allen Larlee

Captain Peter Allen Larlee, age 57, of the East Minninocket Fire Department, died on March 2, 2016, after he collapsed at the station within an hour of responding to an emergency medical call.

Michael C. Kucsma Jr.

Michael C. Kucsma Jr.

Michael C. Kucsma Jr, age 43, was a captain of the Portland Fire Department and a deputy chief of the Gorham Maine Fire Department in Maine.

Mike began his fire career as one of the first “live-in” students of the Gorham Fire Department in 1991. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, he worked his way up the ranks of the Gorham Department while making Portland Fire Department his career.

Mike was passionate about the fire service. He created the Rapid Intervention Team training program for the state when he found a gap in this type of training. If superior training did not exist, he would create and refine a program until it did. He also wrote articles regarding rural firefighting for Firehouse Magazine and served on the board of directors for the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Work Group.

As much as Mike loved firefighting, he also put the same enthusiasm into his personal life. He was an avid fisherman and followed his dreams of fly fishing in Montana, bone fishing in the Bahamas, and salmon and trout fishing throughout Maine. Mike loved almost any activity that allowed him to be outside. He felt that Mother Nature created more beauty than humans ever could.

His two other priorities in life were traveling and rum. It started with a cruise to Bermuda to marry his best friend, Marcia. While there, he tried his first “Dark and Stormy.” From then on, he traveled to more than 17 islands in the Caribbean, some more than once, seeking out the best rum.

Mike is an amazing man with dedication, humor, drive to be the best, and just great to be around. He is desperately missed by his family, friends, and brothers and sisters of the fire service.