Governor Mourns Loss of Soldier with Maine Ties 

The notification of the soldier’s family has been completed.

Sgt. House was serving in Iraq with the 1st Calvary Division from Fort Hood, Texas. His parents Paul and Deanna reside in Lee, Maine.

Governor Baldacci spoke to Sgt. House’s parents over the weekend to express his condolences on behalf of the State of Maine.

&quot:This is an incredible family,&quot: said Governor Baldacci. &quot:They have given so much. Joel was one of five generations of soldiers in his family who served their country in the military. His parents expressed a deep pride in what their son accomplished in his short lifetime. It is a great tragedy that Maine has lost another beloved and talented son. We join as a state in expressing our deepest sympathies to Joel’s family.&quot:

No funeral arrangements have been made public at this time, and no further information is currently available. The Governor will order flags to be lowered to half-staff on the day of the funeral.