It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of Jack Berry. I met Jack 30-plus years ago and have had the privilege of working and training with him in the fire service since that time. During that time we developed a camaraderie and mutual respect for each other.
Sunday I had the honor of participating in his Memorial Service along with dozens of firefighters from around the county and beyond. Those of you that knew Jack are experiencing the same emotions at his passing.
I am writing to those of you who may not have ever met Jack or even heard his name. As a member of the Boothbay Fire Company, he responded to nearly every call not only in Boothbay but throughout the entire region in mutual aid. While many of you slept or were otherwise preoccupied, Jack was part of a team that was striving to protect property and save lives in all three towns on the peninsular. If you have a scanner or other monitoring device you would often hear Jack signing on, “Boothbay fire two en route,” just as steady as the day is long. When you heard that response, you knew that he was on his way with equipment and resources.
Farewell Boothbay two. May you be at peace.
Southport Fire Chief