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Department honors Paradis, Albert for more than 100 years of firefighter service

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Fire Chief Peter Parent and fellow firefighters recently recognized two department members with more than 100 years of combined service. 

“One hundred and fifteen years and still counting,” Parent said Wednesday. “It’s seldom you see something like that.”

Parent presented Bert Paradis a gold watch and jacket this earlier month at his home for his six decades with the department.

Frenchville Fire Chief Peter Parent, left, shakes hands with firefighter Bert Albert, at the department’s annual recognition night, Jan. 6. Parent presented Albert with a hold watch and jacket for his 52 1/2 years of service. (Contributed photo)

Paradis’ 62 1/2 years dates back to the start of the department, Parent said. Paradis is also a former fire chief.

At the department’s annual recognition evening, Jan. 6 at the Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha, Parent presented Bert Albert a gold watch and jacket for his five decades plus of service with the volunteer department.

Albert has more than 52 years with the Frenchville Fire Department and is still an active member.

During his time with the department Albert has served as an assistant chief.

“This is the first time I have I have done this for a combined service of more than 100 years,” siad Parent. “It shows the dedication these guys have to the department and to this town.”

Also at the department’s recognition night, several firefighters received watches for 20 years of service. Firefighters also honored Dan Pelletier, who retired in the spring of 2017, for his previous service to the department.

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