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Red Cross honors maintenance supervisor in Maine explosion

March 11, 2020 GMT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The American Red Cross honored a maintenance supervisor credited with saving lives in a deadly gas explosion in Maine.

Larry Lord’s heroic act last September was celebrated by the Central and Mid Coast Maine Chapter of the American Red Cross on Tuesday at the 17th annual Real Heroes Breakfast.

Moments before a leaking gas line allowed hundreds of gallons of propane to escape on Sept 16., Lord walked into the Life Enrichment Advancing People Inc. center to warn the dozen employees to escape.

The fierce propane explosion leveled the building shortly after, killing one firefighter and injuring many others.

“Larry’s a very humble and private man and he’ll probably say, ‘I did my job that day, and I did what anyone else would do,’” said Megan Goodine, LEAP’s residential services director. “But I have 12 friends and co-workers who feel very differently, as do their families.”

Lord’s wife, Sandy, and daughter, Jenna Winokur, accepted his award. Lord was severely injured in the blast and spent months at a hospital in Boston recovering before being transferred to a nearby rehabilitation center where he is said to be in fair condition.

“If I could say anything to him today, we would say thank you, although that doesn’t seem like quite enough,” said Goodine. “You are loved, you are sorely missed and you are definitely our hero.”