Fireman Dies in Forest Fire
Corey Goodwin, 50, perished July 31, last, while fighting a runaway forest fire near Sanford, Maine. He was trapped when flames engulfed him after his pumper stalled on a logging road. Witnesses said the victim delayed too long trying to start the truck and was cut off by the fire.
Some 150 firemen, volunteers and Forestry Department and Civil Air Patrol personnel struggled to control the blaze which, fanned by high winds, rapidly cut a path 1 1/2 miles long and about a mile wide.
According to Deputy Forest Commissioner Austin Wilkins of Augusta, Me., this was the first time within his knowledge that a man had been killed while actually fighting a forest fire in his state. He said deaths in the disastrous 1947 fires occurred among persons fleeing the scene.