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Fellow Fort Kent volunteers honor Jason Madore as top firefighter

FORT KENT, Maine — Volunteer firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department have named Jason Madore their 2018 Firefighter of the Year.

The firefighters select one of their own to receive the award each year based on criteria that reflects a commitment to ensuring the department can best serve the community, according to Fire Chief Ed Endee.

Fort Kent Fire Department Chief Ed Endee, right, presents volunteer firefighter Jason Madore a plaque on Feb. 23 recognizing him as 2018 Fort Kent Firefighter of the Year. (Kristin Dube)

“They vote on someone they feel has done the most outstanding job for the past year with attendance (to fire calls), with work around the fire station, and just generally being the best firefighter,” Endee said.  

Madore, 37, is originally from Eagle Lake but now lives in Fort Kent where he works as a service technician for Daigle Oil Company.

The FKFD was called out 79 times in 2018, and Madore attended 57 of those calls, according to Endee.

“He’s one of the best attenders that we have and he’s always a very hard worker,” Endee said.

Madore began volunteering for the fire department in 2017, “basically just to help the community out,” he said. “I really enjoy helping people out and this was the best fit for me to help people.”

Madore said the honor was all the more meaningful because it came from his fellow volunteer firefighters.

“I am very appreciative, very appreciative for sure. It’s a tight brotherhood. We’re a very good group of guys over here,” he said.

He added that the other 24 volunteer firefighters who serve the FKFD have helped him to become the successful firefighter he is today.

“Every question I ask, I’ve always got answers. I always got help either at the station or during training or in the classes that we take or even on the scene; everybody is very, very willing to offer advice and to help out.”

“Fort Kent is very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteer firefighters,” Endee said. “Our attendance rates are very high for the calls. Unlike some departments that are struggling for membership, we’re still able to maintain a good number on our roster.”

Madore, who is the father of three children, received a plaque recognizing his achievement while attending the Fort Kent Fire Department’s 100th Anniversary Ball with his fiancee, Kristin Dube, on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

When not protecting the community by fighting fires with the FKFD, serving Valley residents through his job at Daigle Oil Company, or spending time with his family, Madore enjoys woodworking and gardening.

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