Nationwide campaign to recruit volunteer firefighters


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There's a new nationwide push to recruit more volunteer firefighters.

Most towns in Maine rely on volunteers that often have full time jobs out of town; so when fire breaks in the afternoon - like it did in Bridgton Tuesday - it can be tough to find enough manpower.

Bridgton Deputy Chief Corin Meehan said they were fighting that fire for the first half hour with just four people, which severely hinders their ability to knock it down.

Bill Guindon, the director of the Maine Fire Service Institute, said this is a growing problem nationwide. Guindon was on a conference call Wednesday afternoon with the National Volunteer Fire Council and other fire leaders throughout the country to learn more about a new effort to recruit volunteers to small towns.

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Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

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Trauma related to military service or a terrible event may be a major cause of post-traumatic stress, but it can also happen after a seemingly minor event. Learn more from a post-traumatic stress expert in this post from Catching Health with Diane Atwood.

Maine Naval Academy student found dead in room


ANNAPOLIS, Md.

(AP/NEWS CENTER) - The Naval Academy says a student from Harpswell has been found dead in his room.

The academy announced in a statement Saturday morning that Midshipman Rolando Amador was found dead around 9 p.m. Thursday. The 22-year-old junior was in his room at Bancroft Hall, the academy dormitory.

The statement says the circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation. No foul play is suspected.

Amador was a mechanical engineering major and participated in intramural sports.

The academy is providing grief counseling to his fellow students.


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Brunswick man arrested for alleged heroin distribution


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a Brunswick man Monday after a month long investigation into the distribution of heroin in the Bath and Brunswick area.

During the investigation, agents allegedly learned that Justin Ryan was going to be returning to Brunswick from Massachusetts with a large amount of heroin. On Monday, agents requested Brunswick Police conduct a traffic stop on a car being driven by Ryan, 42. Officers pulled Ryan over on Pleasant Street in Brunswick and agents allegedly found 40 grams of heroin in the center console of Ryan's vehicle.

Officials arrested Ryan and took him to the Cumberland County Jail. After his arrest, agents searched his apartment on Dunning Street and allegedly found drug trafficking evidence including scales, packaging materials and $1,300 in suspected drug proceeds.