FRANKFORT, Maine — Frankfort Village Fire Chief Earl Anderson has been fighting fires in town since he was in grammar school.
Now he is fighting for his life as he deals with quadruple bypass surgery, which he had in September, and the colon cancer he was diagnosed with two weeks afterward, his daughter Angela Norton, the fire department’s safety officer, said Friday.
“It’s very sad to see him go through this,” she said. “He’s lost over 100 pounds.”
A benefit supper is scheduled for 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday to help his family pay medical expenses, she said.
Anderson’s fire boots will be used to collect the funds donated.
The dinner will be held at the Frankfort Church vestry on Main Road thanks to donations from nearly a dozen businesses from all over the region.
“Frank’s Bakery [in Bangor] donated a sheet cake and the lady there said it would have an edible firetruck” on top, Norton said.
Beans and mashed potatoes have been donated by Bugaboo Creek, Texas Roadhouse is providing 300 rolls, My Fork restaurant has a given 5 gallons of coleslaw and a bunch of hot dogs, and others are providing coffee, orange drink, floral centerpieces and balloons, Norton said.
The love of firefighting is something Anderson, 64, has instilled in each of his six children. His son Jeffrey Anderson is the assistant Frankfort Village fire chief and each of his other children and his wife, Sandra, have been involved with the department over the years. Sandra Anderson is the department’s secretary and treasurer.
Even though he is dealing with chemotherapy, which makes him sick, whenever he hears the firetruck or ambulance he immediately wants to know what is going on, his daughter said.
Firefighting and helping people is in his blood, she said.
He started fighting fires in the eighth grade, Norton said. “He’s been a firefighter for close to 50 years. He’s helped a lot of people over the years.”
The cost of the benefit dinner is $6 and children under 5 are free. For more information about the event or to make a donation, call Norton at 508-0749.