Van Buren mourns the loss of man who died serving his community

9 April 2012

VAN BUREN - Van Buren Ambulance Service is mourning the loss of one of their own. Peter Carbonneau, Paramedic, died in the line of duty last evening. The 51-year-old paramedic was working for the town of Van Buren Ambulance Service when he succumbed to illness while completing his duties at the station. Despite the efforts of fellow EMS personnel, Peter Carbonneau was pronounced dead at Cary medical Center.

"People that knew Peter are all taking it very hard. Going to be taking it hard for a long time," fellow providers stated.

Peter started volunteering at the Van Buren Ambulance in 1984 at the age of 24. He has served in many different capacities throughout the years, including Assistant Director and later Director of the service. He also previously worked as a Paramedic for Madawaska Ambulance Service. In addition to his service to the Town of Van Buren as a Paramedic, he dedicated 24 years as a volunteer firefighter for the Van Buren Fire Department. He also served on various boards for the town, most recently as Chairman of MSAD 24's school board.

He was dedicated to his family, friends and community.

"Everybody loved Peter."

The outpouring of support and sympathies in the hours since his death is a testament to the person he was. His impact on the community reaches far beyond those he served directly.

The example he set and the lessons he imparted to others will continue to have a positive impact on the people of the St. John Valley and EMS community. He will be missed by many throughout the Valley and EMS community.