2019 Penquis Homecoming

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Medford man involved in armed confrontation with police sentenced to two years in jail

Submitted by Seth Barden on September 23, 2019 - 6:05pm
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DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (WABI) A Medford man who was shot by police in April, has been sentenced to two years in jail after pleading no contest to several charges.

40-year-old Douglas Hazen was charged with criminal threatening with a firearm, failing to stop for an officer, and driving after suspension.

Police tried to pull him over, but he kept driving, which led to an armed confrontation at Hazen's house.

He was wanted at that time for eluding an officer in November of 2017...He also pled no contest to that charge today.

Milo Fire Dept. Open House - Oct. 13

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Two local officers recognized by Carnegie Hero Fund for heroic acts

Submitted by Seth Barden on September 23, 2019 - 5:55pm
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) A big honor for two local police officers.

54-year-old Todd Lyford, who now serves as Chief Deputy of the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office, and 24-year-old Clinton Police Officer Phillip DiLuca have each received a Carnegie medal.

The Carnegie Hero Fund was established more than a century ago by Andrew Carnegie to recognize people who risk their lives saving others.

In June of 2017 DiLuca finished his shift and was driving home when he heard fire crews headed to a mobile home on fire.

He was the first person on scene, went inside, woke a man up and pulled him through heavy smoke and flames to safety.

Lyford was a Dover-Foxcroft Police officer when he saved a woman from a burning car last August.

He used an extinguisher to try to stop the flames, then freed the woman from her SUV, which was lodged between trees.

Lyford awarded Carnegie Medal

Submitted by Seth Barden on September 23, 2019 - 5:54pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • September 23, 2019

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Former Dover-Foxcroft Police Department Sgt. Todd Lyford, who now is chief deputy with the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, has been awarded the Carnegie Medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in recognition of a July 2018 incident in which he risked his life to an extraordinary degree to save the life of another.

Lyford, 54, saved a 65-year-old woman from burning after a July 30, 2018, accident caused her vehicle to leave a Dover-Foxcroft roadway, travel down a steep, wooded embankment and come to rest tilted against a tree trunk. The vehicle’s front end, which was several feet off the ground, broke out in flames.

Lyford responded to the scene and arrived before firefighters. After emptying a fire extinguisher on the flames, Lyford opened the front passenger door with difficulty. Despite the base of the door being three feet off the ground, he extended his upper body and arms inside the flaming vehicle and grasped the woman’s upper body, pulling her to the ground and then a short distance from the vehicle. Lyford and others then dragged her up the embankment.

Although she was not burned, the women died nine days later from injuries sustained in the wreck. After the rescue, Lyford was nearly exhausted and had inhaled extinguisher chemicals. He recovered after emergency room treatment that day.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission has recognized 15 Americans and three Canadians for risking their lives while trying to save others from perilous, life-threatening situations.The Carnegie Medal is given to these honorees.

With this third announcement of 2019 recipients, a total of 10,117 Carnegie Medals have been awarded since the Pittsburgh-based fund’s inception in 1904. Commission Chair Mark Laskow said each of the awardees or their survivors will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the more than 115 years since the fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $41 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits and continuing assistance.

Observer file photo/Stuart Hedstrom
ACTED WITH GREAT COURAGE IN THE FACE OF DANGER — Former Dover-Foxcroft Police Department Sgt. Todd Lyford, who now is chief deputy with the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office and is pictured with Town Manager Jack Clukey in the background, has been awarded the Carnegie Medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission for his valor when he pulled a woman from her car after the vehicle crashed and caught fire in July 2018 on the Greeleys Landing Road.

Lagrange fire chief resigns, other members follow suit

Submitted by Seth Barden on September 21, 2019 - 11:48pm
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LAGRANGE, Maine (WABI) - The fire chief in Lagrange stepped down, and nearly all the other members followed suit.

They're the third department to disband in Penobscot County this year.

We spoke with two neighboring fire chiefs to see what this means for taxpayers in Lagrange and for the future of small fire departments in Maine.

"Once you become a firefighter, its part of your life,” said Bradford Fire Chief, Dusty Kelley. “To walk away from it, it must be something huge to get the entire department to walk away."

Nearly a dozen members of the Lagrange Fire Department stepped down Thursday evening.

We're told the Penobscot Regional Communications Center has been notified the department has dissolved, however they have not received official word from town officials.

We met with Bradford's Fire Chief, Dusty Kelley, and Howland's Fire Chief, Josh McNally. They confirmed Lagrange is not part of a written agreement for mutual aid.

As of now, if there is an emergency in town, Bradford's department would be toned out, along with Alton and Lagrange.

However, that means there could be a considerable amount of travel time for his crew, and it means a longer wait time for residents.

"It's a concern to me, and I don't live there. When people call 911, they want someone now,” said Kelley. “They don't want to wait 20-30 minutes to get help."

We spoke with a former member of the Lagrange Fire Department by phone who said the department has been going downhill for years.

He says the former chief, along with the other members, have been dealing with push back from town officials.

However, town officials don't seem too concerned their department has disbanded.

Lagrange town officials say they will have at least 7 people to cover the fire department by Tuesday. However, area fire chiefs say that's not a realistic goal.

"I would love to say I had seven people by Tuesday because I can't get seven people in a year sometimes,” said Kelley.

Both Kelley and McNally agree if they do get enough members by that time, it will take time to get them up to speed.

"It's important to have good trained people,” said McNally. “Warm bodies doesn't count for much when you're responding to an emergency."

Both chiefs agree that without grants and other means of funding, it's hard to meet ends meet. This could be a sign of what's to come for smaller fire departments across the state.

Chief McNally of Howland currently has an agreement with Kelley and the rest of the Bradford Fire Department. He says they will respond to a call in Lagrange if need be.

"We'll try and be the good neighbor and help them out because any one of us could be in...

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