Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper (far right) recognizes department members (from left) Lt. Bobby Dorr, Training Coordinator Ken Worden, Clyde Cushing II, Deputy Chief Gary Saunders and Fire Inspector Mike Hangge at Monday night’s City Council meeting. PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

Firefighters honored for a century (plus) of service

ELLSWORTH — Four members of the Ellsworth Fire Department were recognized for decades of service at Monday night’s City Council meeting, while another was recognized for taking initiative to better himself as a firefighter.

Lt. Bobby Dorr recently earned an associate degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University and was commended for doing so by Fire Chief Richard Tupper. Training Coordinator Ken Worden was recognized for 30 years of service and Clyde Cushing II was recognized for 20 years of service. Cushing serves as safety officer.

Deputy Chief Gary Saunders was recognized for 20 years of service as a career firefighter and two years of volunteer service before that. Fire Inspector Mike Hangge has 30 years of career service and an additional six years of volunteer service before that.

In addition to the firefighters being recognized, more than a dozen lined the back wall to show their support.

“It made me quite proud to see the combined years of service at the front of the room,” said Tupper, “but also the support from the rest of the crew.”

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.

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