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Since 2020, the Mariners, the teamsters Local 340 & Berwick Firefighters Association have partnered to name an annual receipient of the Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award. The award seeks to recognize an individual who embodies the spirit and dedication of Captain Joel Barnes.

On March 1st, 2019, Berwick Fire Captain Joel Barnes was fatally injured fighting a fire on the third floor of an apartment building. Barnes, who was 32 years old, heroically saved another firefighter’s life in the process. A public memorial service was held one week after his death at the Cross Insurance Arena, with over 7,000 people attending. Barnes had served with the Berwick Fire Department for two years and was the Training Officer for the Department.


2020Matthew St. PierreHampden Fire Department
2021Robert DorrEllsworth Fire Department
2022Josh PobrisloSouth Portland Fire Department
2023Stacy BlaquiereParis/Oxford/Casco Fire Department, PACE Ambulance
2024Michael RobitailleYarmouth Fire-Rescue


Pictured above: Captain Joel Barnes (left), Matthew St. Pierre (right)

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a fire or EMS responder in the State of Maine
  • Have 3 Years of experience and be active or retired in the past 3 years
  • Demonstrate outstanding professionalism and service to their community
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting life safety education in their community

Nominations for the 2025 award will be accepted starting in the fall of 2024.