Late fire chief is being laid to rest in Maine

Gary Sacco
Gary Sacco –Provided

OXFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine firefighters are preparing to lay to rest a fire chief who died nearly a week ago after suffering a medical event while honoring a fallen firefighter.

A funeral for Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sacco was set for Saturday. Another large showing of firefighters was expected at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive School.

The 63-year-old Sacco served as fire chief in Oxford in western Maine for the past two years after retiring from the New Gloucester Fire Department. Longtime friend and New Gloucester Fire Capt. Scott Doyle says Sacco had “one of the biggest hearts.”

He suffered a medical event in Portland for a memorial for Berwick Fire Capt. Joel Barnes. Barnes died shielding another firefighter from flames.