Decals available to honor firefighter’s life

Posted May 19, 2009, at 9:39 p.m.

CALAIS, Maine — Decals to commemorate the life of a young firefighter who died earlier this month are available for sale.

Proceeds will benefit the family of Billy Townsend, 27, who died May 1 after a two-year battle with leukemia.

“We are looking to raise money for his wife, Alicia, and two children, Victoria and Charlie,” said Lt. Glenn Connolly of the Calais Fire Department on Monday.

Two sizes of decals are available.

A $5 donation to the Fire Department will get a 2-inch decal, while a $20 donation will get a 6-inch decal. The decals are reflective and will stick to car windows, helmets, book bags and similar objects.

“It is just a way to remember Billy; he was really a part of the fire service,” Connolly said.

Connolly worked closely with Lance Keen of A&T Graphics in Cooper who assisted with and produced the decals.

“Myself and Lance Keen’s Uncle Dave Townsend sat down over a cup of coffee talking about stuff. We came up with some ideas, gave it [all] to Lance and he took all of our ideas and put it together, and this is what we came up with,” he said, holding up the decal.

The decal says, “We will never forget” and represents Townsend’s life.

“We put together some things Billy liked — hunting and fishing — and incorporated them into the decal along with his Calais fire number [13] and his Lincoln fire number [64],” Connolly said. Townsend also served as a firefighter with the Lincoln Fire Department.

Requests for decals can be made by mail to Lt. Glenn Connolly, P.O. Box 131 Calais 04619 or by e-mail at glennconnolly@myfairpoint.net.

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