November 15, 2019
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State flag to fly half-staff Wednesday for former fire chief

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul R. LePage has ordered the state of Maine flag be lowered to half-staff in the town of Bar Harbor on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in honor of former fire chief David W. Rand, 72, who died on Aug. 20. U.S. flags must remain at full staff.

“The First Lady and I send our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Rand,” said LePage. “His career as a firefighter spanned 42 years, serving in Bangor for two decades, in Lincoln as assistant fire chief and then as fire chief of Bar Harbor from 1993 to 2012. A veteran of the Navy who served on submarines, Rand exemplified dedication to both his country and his community.”

He also served on Trenton Planning Board and as the interim code enforcement officer for Bar Harbor. He and his high school sweetheart Karen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year.

State of Maine flags should be flown at half-staff in the town of Bar Harbor only on Wednesday, Aug. 27, which is the day Rand’s memorial service will be held.