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Farmington firefighters tapped for New Year’s Day parade

December 26, 2019 GMT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Two members of a Maine fire department shaken by tragedy in September are going to represent their fellow firefighters on New Year’s Day in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

WMTW-TV reports Farmington firefighter Steve Bunker will ride on a float sponsored by the Odd Fellows that’s shaped like a firetruck with the theme, “First Responders Bring Hope.” Fellow Farmington firefighter Patty Cormier will be in the grandstands as a special guest.

Farmington has been recovering from the Sept. 16 propane explosion that killed Capt. Michael Bell and injured several others.

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A member of South Portland’s Unity Lodge #3 of the Odd Fellows decided to honor the Farmington Fire Department. The Maine Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s organization are funding the trip for the Cormier and Bunker.