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Local 785 Fallen Members
Updated On: Oct 16, 2011


 

 

* Capt. Phillippe Bazinet, 42. Born in Tabaskaville, Canada, he joined the department in 1900 and had been a captain on the Hose Company No. 4. He died on Dec. 24, 1909, when a wall collapsed at the Callahan Block fire at 274 Lisbon St.

* Thomas King, 28. He had been a substitute firefighter for a few weeks when, on Dec. 24, 1909, he was killed when a wall collapsed at the Callahan Block fire at 274 Lisbon St.

* Pvt. John B. Byrne, born in 1872 in County Kerry, Ireland. He joined the department in 1904 and became a clerk of Hose Company No. 1. He was thrown off a ladder and into the street on Feb. 8, 1910, during a building collapse at Main and Middle Streets. He died on Feb. 15 from his injuries.

* Pvt. Marcien Vallee, 27. Born in Lewiston in 1922, he was a veteran of WWII and joined the Lewiston Fire Department in 1948 . He died on July 7, 1949, when Lewiston and Auburn firetrucks collided at Court and Main streets in Auburn as both fire departments responded to a fire alarm. Another firefighter and an Auburn policeman directing traffic were also killed and several others were injured.

* Capt. Russell Tarr, 48. Born in Lewiston in 1901, he became a permanent member of the department in 1938 and was a captain at the time of his death. He died on July 7, 1949, when Lewiston and Auburn firetrucks collided at Court and Main Streets in Auburn.

* Capt. Willie Mailhot, 60. Born in Lewiston in 1904, became a permanent firefighter in 1938 and was a captain at the time of his death. He was run over by a Fire Department vehicle at a fire on Lowell Street on May 2, 1965.

* Private Paul Nadeau, born in 1913. He died of a heart attack on April 30, 1966, in the fire station, after battling fire at the Exchange Hotel on Chapel Street. 

* Lt. Emilien Couture, born in 1926. He died of a heart attack while fighting a fire on Byron Avenue in 1967.

* Pvt. Gerard Desjardins, 35. He died on Sept. 8, 1982, when he was run over by a fire department vehicle while answering a false alarm.

 

 

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Local #785 in Memory of:
Captain Phillip Basinet
1867 - 1909
Private Thomas King
1881 - 1909
 Private John B Byrnes
1872 - 1910
Captain Russell Tarr
1901 - 1949
Private Marcien Vallee
1922- 1949
Captain Willie Mailhot
1904 - 1965
Private Paul Nadeau
1913 - 1966
Lieutenant Emilien Couture
1926 - 1967
Private Gerard  R. Desjardins
1947 - 1982
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