Stroke Awareness Month 

May is National Stroke Awareness month.The Bangor fire department is recognizing it by offering free blood pressure and pulse checks.Fire fighters are also giving out information about the early warning signs of heart attack and stroke, ailments that account for one out of every three deaths in Maine.Bangor fire’s public education officer, Jake Johnson says all too often people ignore the symptoms of stroke, such as high blood pressure.”There’s a really finite window, there’s about a three hour window from the onset of the symptoms to when we can actually help, significantly help that person in the recovery process,” says Johnson.This month, you’re invited to any of the three Bangor fire stations for a free blood pressure and pulse screening from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.Fire fighters also welcome the opportunity to talk to you about the possible signs of a heart attack or stroke.