Zoe Isherwood shares a message for her dad, Tyler, who is deployed in the Middle East. Ellsworth firefighters (from left) Kate Joseph, Capt. Bobby Dorr and Capt. Daryl Clark escorted her to her first day of preschool. COURTESY OF ZELLI ISHERWOOD

Firefighters fill in for deployed dad

ELLSWORTH — Three-year-old Zoe Isherwood is missing her dad.

Her father, Ellsworth firefighter and Air Force Sgt. Tyler Isherwood, deployed to the Middle East a month ago.

Ellsworth firefighter and Air Force Sgt. Tyler Isherwood

“My daughter has been having a hard time with the adjustment of not having her daddy around,” reports Zoe’s mom, Zelli. “She started preschool recently and on her first day she was feeling pretty sad and confused about not being able to show Dad her new big classroom and that he wasn’t going to be there to drop her off.”

That’s when Tyler’s fellow firefighters stepped in.

When Zoe arrived for her first day of preschool at the Down East Family YMCA Early Learning Center, she was greeted by Ellsworth firefighters Capt. Daryl Clark, Capt. Bobby Dorr and Kate Joseph.

“She is very close with these guys, so she was so happy to see them and was pretty proud to have them drop her off,” said Zelli. “Totally made her day and kept her mind off Daddy not being able to be there.

“They are like family to us, especially since my husband has deployed … they’ve just really stepped up and gone above and beyond to make sure we’re taken care of.”

Isherwood is expected to come home in 10 months.

Zoe Isherwood was escorted to her first day of preschool by her mom, Zelli, and a contingent from the Ellsworth Fire Department, (from left) Capt. Daryl Clark, Capt. Bobby Dorr and Kate Joseph. The firefighters were filling in for Zoe’s dad, Tyler, who is deployed with the Air Force in the Middle East.


Cyndi Wood

Cyndi Wood

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Cyndi oversees web content and social media for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander newspapers. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter. When she's not in front of a computer screen, you can find her in her garage working on an ever-growing stack of DIY projects.
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