Governor directs flags to half staff to honor Firefighter Captain Joel Barnes

AUGUSTA, Maine — Following the release last night, March 4, of the details regarding the public service for Maine firefighter Captain Joel Barnes of Berwick, Gov. Janet Mills today directed that the United States and State of Maine flags be flown at half-staff statewide immediately until sunset on Sunday, March 10, 2019, the day of the funeral services.

“Captain Barnes’ life and service to his community exemplified the very best of humanity: unfaltering courage, selflessness, and love for his fellow man,” said Mills. “The collective heart of our state mourns the loss of a hero.

The governor continued, “Captain Barnes’ legacy will guide and inspire us for generations to come. As we gaze upon our flags at half-staff over these next several days, let us remember Captain Barnes, pay tribute to his legacy, and pray for his family, fellow first responders and his community.”

A public service will be held for Captain Barnes on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

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