Calais Firefighter Remembered 

A Calais firefighter was remembered Wednesday.Billy Townsend lost his battle with leukemia last Friday…he was just 27 years old…As Meghan Hayward tells us, his friends say he really was one of a kind.He was a simple man who loved simple things. He didn’t need anything lavish or anything like that.”Calais Fire Captain Dale Purton says that’s the best way to describe Billy Townsend…he credits Billy for the kind of person he is today.”He made me a better person. He made me see things a lot different. For me to be more compassionate with people.”Townsend came from a family of firefighters and at a young age fell in love with the job.By the age of fourteen, he was enrolled in the junior program…a program that Purton says other teens have because of billy.”He was the first person to do that, first person to complete that and basically he got the program going.”As soon as Billy turned eighteen, he was in the chief’s office signing up to be a call person.He left Calais for awhile and worked in Lincoln, but Purton says Billy was a hometown guy and wanted to return to Calais.”The truth, he was a true firefighter. He loved to fight fires and liked to do everything that was involved with that.”Wednesday, firefighters from Calais, Lincoln. and St. Stephen came to pay their respects.”And probably the biggest thing we will with him is his smile. He always smiled.”Purton says that smile was on his face when he was fighting fires, or outdoors hunting and fishing…but most of all, when he was with his children.It’s that smile that will stay with Purton and the other firefighters who had the honor of working alongside Billy, firefighter number thirteen.”For me I’ll miss him forever and there will never be anyone that can replace him.