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Jackson firefighter first Maine line-of-duty-death of 2020

The U.S. Fire Administration announced the line of duty death of Lt. Harold “Eddie” Moore, Jr., who died Tuesday at his home after responding to a fire.
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JACKSON, MAINE, Maine — Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton said his office is investigating the line of duty death of 42-year-old Harold “Eddie” Moore, Jr., a Jackson Volunteer Fire Dept. Lieutenant.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) says Moore responded to a fire a residence on Tuesday, and later in the evening suffered cardiac arrest and died after arriving home later that evening.

Sheriff Trafton said the investigation is categorized as an ‘unattended death.’

On Friday, Jackson Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Donald Nickerson officially announced Moore's death and shared more details of the circumstances. 

After responding to a fire at 297 Page Rd. in Jackson around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Moore returned to the fire station and then went home around 6:30 p.m. Jackson Fire and Brooks Ambulances responded to Moore's home at approximately 8 p.m., where they found him unresponsive after suffering the medical emergency. 

After resuscitation attempts, Moore was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nickerson said Moore joined the Jackson Volunteer Fire Dept. in 1994 when he was 16 years old. 

"Moore loved his community and loved to be a firefighter," Nickerson in the release. "He was a certified firefighter 1, pump operator, and would run out the door to answer any fire call."

Nickerson says no further information will be shared about the details of Moore’s death and that the Moore family asks for privacy as they and the community grieve the loss.

Tribute is being paid to Moore through the USFA. In 2020, 26 firefighters have died.

Moore's death is the first Maine line of duty death in 2020. 

This story will be updated.

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