PORTLAND/S. PARIS MAINE- On March 10, 2019, as people were attending the services for Joel Barnes, Chief Sacco of Oxford Fire Department and formally of New Gloucester Fire department suffered a medical emergency and passed away at age 62. Michael Lundin, Pipe Major for the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps. was once again asked to coordinate Pipes and Drums for Chief Sacco’s funeral services.
Hundreds were in attendance for the funeral services held at Oxford Comprehensive High School located in South Paris, Maine. 7 Pipers and two drummers from MPSP&D Corps, 1 piper from NH Professional Fire Fighters Pipes and Drums, 1 Piper from Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band from Portland, Maine honored Chief Sacco eloquently with a service led by Rick Shepherd.
Portland, Me- The Corps., along with several other bands from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine honored Capt. Joel Barnes who was killed in the Service Line of Duty during a fully involved structure fire. It was later discovered that Joel Barnes had died while saving the life of one of his colleagues. Pipe Major Michael Lundin along with David McClean of New Hampshire Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums worked together to organize the pipes and drums and remain consistent with the tradition during public safety funerals.
Val Graffa, the Drum Major for the MPSP&D Corps., lead the massed bands during the processional and recessional. A small contingent made up of the several bands proceeded to the cemetery for the private graveside burial with the family and Berwick fire department.
It was a very cold, snowy, and wet day but it was a small price to pay for the sacrifice Captain Barnes paid. Rest easy Captain.
Gorham, Me- Hundreds were in attendance at the USM sports complex to pay their last respects to officer Wayne Drown or “Pooch” as he was referred to. Officer Drown had been with the Gorham Police Department since the 80s and ended his career at the time of his death as school resource officer. The procession was lead by Pipe Major Michael Lundin and Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce both of the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps.
Wayne was someone that students, staff, and the community could relate to. His death was a shock to many people throughout the law enforcement, school, state, and Gorham communities.
Wayne had been previously ill during which time he continued to work. His health improved, but on February 24, 2019 at age 64, just months away from retirement, he suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away.
He had just been presented the “Cop’s Cop” award by the Maine Police Association at the annual banquet in late January. The high recognition award is given to someone who makes a difference in the Law Enforcement community. Wayne will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues in the LE community as well as the community of Gorham. Rest easy “Pooch”.
Bangor, Maine- Cpl. Eugene Cole was murdered by April 25, 2018 while serving his community as a sworn officer with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. The Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps. along with many other bands from around New England honored Cpl. Cole in services held at the Cross Insurance Arena in Bangor. Kyle Willett of Maine State Police Pipes and Drums along with Pipe Major Michael Lundin of the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps, coordinated massed pipes and drums for the service.
Corporal Cole’s death was the first LODD (Line of Duty Death) within the Law Enforcement community of Maine in many years. His death affected many throughout the public service community as well as the general community of Maine.
Thousands were in attendance to pay their last respects to officer Cole on May 7, 2018. The day came to a close with the last note of Amazing Grace, but officer Coles memory will live on. Rest Easy Corporal, we’ll take it from here.
Sad to say, but due to the weather, the Byrnes Family and the Corps have cancelled the 3 Months To St. Patrick’s Day performances at Byrnes Irish Pub in Bath and Byrnes Irish Pub Brunswick. Stay safe and we’ll see everyone at the pubs in January!
Once again, the Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps is working with Wreaths Across America to place a wreath on veterans graves in December. We support the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta and will be placing wreaths there on Saturday, December 17. We also support Arlington National Cemetery in VA. We also perform during the wreath convoy as it makes its way from Maine to Arlington.
If you would like to donate or learn more about Wreaths Across America, please go to our Wreaths Across America page. You can then go to our page at Wreaths Across America to donate online or you can print out forms and mail in a donation. Thank you!