2011-11-30 / Front Page

Funeral for a firefighter

BY BETH BROGAN Times Record Staff


FIREFIGHTERS and police officers salute the body of Harold Emerson — who served on the Brunswick Fire Department for 41 years — as it is borne into the United Methodist Church in Brunswick on Tuesday. Pallbearers included, from left, Julia Gillespie, a Woolwich firefighter, Brunswick police officer and member of Brunswick’s Hazardous Materials Team; Brunswick firefighter Mike Factor; Brunswick firefighter Tom St. Pierre; and retired Brunswick Fire Chief Clark Labbe. Also serving as pallbearer but not seen here were Call Capt. Bruce Weeks and Call Lt. Stewart Kay, both of the Brunswick Fire Department. 
TROY R. BENNETT / THE TIMES RECORD FIREFIGHTERS and police officers salute the body of Harold Emerson — who served on the Brunswick Fire Department for 41 years — as it is borne into the United Methodist Church in Brunswick on Tuesday. Pallbearers included, from left, Julia Gillespie, a Woolwich firefighter, Brunswick police officer and member of Brunswick’s Hazardous Materials Team; Brunswick firefighter Mike Factor; Brunswick firefighter Tom St. Pierre; and retired Brunswick Fire Chief Clark Labbe. Also serving as pallbearer but not seen here were Call Capt. Bruce Weeks and Call Lt. Stewart Kay, both of the Brunswick Fire Department. TROY R. BENNETT / THE TIMES RECORD BRUNSWICK

P olice and fire officials wound their way slowly through downtown Brunswick on Tuesday morning, escorting the funeral procession for longtime firefighter Harold Emerson to the Brunswick United Methodist Church on Church Road.

The entire Brunswick Fire Department — 45 members, including call and career firefighters — saluted along with members of the police department, as pallbearers entered the church, filled to capacity with those who knew and loved the Brunswick native.


A POLICE AND FIRE ESCORT leads Harold Emerson’s funeral procession down Federal Street in Brunswick on Tuesday. 
TROY R. BENNETT / THE TIMES RECORD A POLICE AND FIRE ESCORT leads Harold Emerson’s funeral procession down Federal Street in Brunswick on Tuesday. TROY R. BENNETT / THE TIMES RECORD Firefighters from Freeport and Topsham provided coverage at the Brunswick Fire Station, with several Brunswick police officers accompanying them on calls to navigate Brunswick’s streets.

Emerson, a captain on the department’s call force, died Nov. 21 at age 73, after a long battle with prostate cancer.

He was remembered last week for his dedication to the department — on which he served for more than 41 years — as well as for his kindness and sense of humor.

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