EMMITSBURG, MD (Gray DC) -- This weekend, a Maine firefighter who died in the line of duty last year received national recognition. His family and members of the East Millinocket fire department traveled down to Maryland for a ceremony honoring fallen firefighters.
The loss of 57-year-old Captain Peter Larlee of Millinocket is still surreal to those who knew him. But friends like Captain Kevin McAdam say his legacy lives on.
“Peter was a great guy. It wasn’t about him, it was about everybody else," said Captain Kevin McAdam, East Millinocket Fire Department .
Larlee passed away suddenly in March of 2016. After years of service, he collapsed during a shift and died of a heart attack.
McAdam says Larlee was a dedicated family man, an active outdoorsman and most of all, deeply selfless.
"it could be 40 below zero and somebody would have a flat tire on the side of the road on his day off and he was the one laying in the ditch, changing the tire for them," said McAdam.
Larlee is one of 95 firefighters whose names were just added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
This weekend's events brought hundreds of family members, friends and fellow firefighters to the site to honor their loved ones. They will also be able to visit the new plaque that has all the names of the firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2016.
“They’re grieving. And this is a tough time for them and it brings back a lot of memories, but that’s what we’re here for to help them rebuild their lives and pull things back together with the loss of their firefighter," said Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Association.